Texas Man Indicted In Death During Outbreak Of Flooding

LOCKHART (January 17, 2014) Willie Brite, Jr., 43, who’s accused of ignoring barricades set up as heavy rain produced flooding in Central Texas flooding, has been indicted in the death of a passenger who was swept away when he drove into a swollen creek.

The Caldwell County Grand Jury indicted Brite, of Lockhart, on a charge of criminally negligent homicide.

Sheriff's Sgt. Frank Alvarez says Brite was not in custody Friday.

Investigators say Brite deliberately drove around safety barricades set up on Nov. 1 along Brushy Creek and his vehicle ended up submerged.

Brite escaped but Cynthia McKee, 57, was swept away.

Her body was recovered from the creek the next day.

Officials say Brite was also indicted Wednesday on a driving while intoxicated charge in connection with another incident in December.

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