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Fatal accident near Ropesville results in indictment, arrest of 76-year-old

Paul Pinkston, 76, of Lubbock, was arrested Thursday for the offense intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle.

Pinkston was indicted by a Hockley County grand jury last week, which was unsealed Friday. According to the indictment, on or about March 11, Pinkston operated a vehicle in a public place while intoxicated and caused the death of Case Dwayne Clark, 22, by accident, or mistake, namely by driving his vehicle into oncoming traffic and striking the motorcycle Clark was driving.

A second count in the indictment says prior to the charged offense, Pinkston previously was convicted for an offense related to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in September 1997 and July 1988.

According to the accident report by DPS, on March 11, DPS responded to a reported accident on U.S. Highway 62, south of Ropesville. The accident report says the vehicle driven by Pinkston was traveling westbound in the left lane of U.S. Highway 62 while the motorcycle driven by Clark was traveling eastbound in the left lane of Highway 62.

The front left of the vehicle driven by Pinkston struck the front of the motorcycle driven by Clark, causing front distributed damage to both vehicles. Clark came to rest in the field south of the highway.

A witness said the vehicle driven by Pinkston turned west into the eastbound lanes of Highway 62 from FM 1585. Several witnesses indicated they observed the vehicle driven by Pinkston traveling the wrong way on Highway 62 and that the vehicle driven by Pinkston struck the motorcycle head-on, according to the accident report by DPS.

Pinkston was arrested and is being held at the Lubbock County Detention Center on a $500,000 bond.

1 Comment

  1. Larry OHearon on June 12, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    At 76 years old he is old enough to comprehend the law. When are people going to learn not to drive impaired. He caused the death of a young man who had his whole life in front of him only to be executed by an intoxicated driver, who incidentally, has prior convictions for DUI. Regardless of his age, he deliberately and knowingly operated a vehicle and senseless tragedy were the result. I hope and pray they give Pinkston Life in prison. Case Clark had no chance against this impaired and convicted driver. Case Clark paid the ultimate price for a stupid, impaired, reckless old man.

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