Local high school student indicted in deadly crash

Savannah Cardoza. (Jail photo)

WACO, Texas (KWTX) Midway High School student Savannah Cardoza, 17, of Speegleville was named in an indictment Wednesday charging manslaughter in connection with a crash in December on Highway 6 that claimed the life of a truck driver.

She was also named in indictments charging assault with a deadly weapon and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Cardoza was arrested on Dec. 14 on the high school campus.

The charges stem from an early morning accident on Nov. 3, 2016 that claimed the life of Donald Lawrence Ray of Weatherford.

Investigators determined that the passenger car Cardoza was driving south in the northbound lanes of Highway 6 collided head-on with a second passenger vehicle, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Investigators think that Ray attempted to avoid the two cars, but lost control of his rig, which overturned on the passenger side against the guard rail, he said.

Ray was trapped in the wreckage.

He died at the scene.

"Detectives determined that Cardoza took the vehicle she was driving without permission and was driving the wrong way on Highway 6,” police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Cardoza is free on bond.