KILLEEN (July 9, 2014) Darrell Wayne Jones, Jr., who was arrested two days after his 18th birthday on a warrant charging criminally negligent homicide stemming from an accident in March that left another teenager dead, remained in the Bell County Jail Wednesday in lieu of $1 million bond.
Killeen police arrested Jones on Tuesday in connection with the death of Jacob Jones, 18, who died on March 9 at Baylor Scott & White Hospital, a day after the 2004 Land Rover that Darrell Jones was driving veered off a curve early in the morning on Becker Drive, hit two mailboxes and overturned.
Jacob Jones and a 14-year-old girl, who were not wearing seat belts, were thrown from the vehicle.
The critically injured 14-year-old girl was taken first to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and then was transferred to Scott & White.
Two other girls, ages 14 and 17, were taken to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Darrell Jones was not injured, police said.
He and Jacob Jones were not related, police said Wednesday.
The speed limit on the road where the accident occurred is 30 miles per hour, but Darrell Jones told an investigator he was driving 40 to 45 miles per hour, an arrest warrant affidavit said.
The investigator, who’s certified in advanced accident investigation, determined that the Land Rover was actually traveling at 72 miles per hour when Jones lost control of the vehicle, the affidavit said.
One of the teenage girls riding in the vehicle told the investigator she asked Jones to slow down, but said he didn’t, according to the affidavit.
Jones also told the investigator he had smoked marijuana “earlier in the day,” the affidavit said.