Central Texas teenager pleads guilty in deadly Twin Bridges crash

Savannah Cardoza. (Jail photo)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Central Texas teenager pleaded guilty to manslaughter and aggravated assault Monday in connection with a traffic crash on the Twin Bridges over Lake Waco that killed one man and left two other people injured.

Savannah Cardoza appeared in 19th District Court Monday afternoon and pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter and one count of aggravated assault, the court’s docket showed.

Judge Ralph Strother, in 19th District Court, accepted her plea, ordered a pre-sentence investigation in the case and set sentencing for Jan. 22, 2019.

Cardoza, of Speegleville, was a 17-year-old Midway High School student when she was named in an indictment in February 2017 charging manslaughter in connection with a crash in November 2016, 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, 2016 on the high school campus.

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.