DPS: Driver in Spicewood man’s death admits smoking pot


BRIARCLIFF — A San Marcos woman faces an intoxication manslaughter charge after telling an investigator she was “smoking marijuana and taking painkillers” the night before a collision that resulted in a Spicewood man’s death, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Rachel Beth Riley, 24, was charged with intoxication manslaughter June 23, a day after the accident involving the 2000 Oldsmobile she was driving and a 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by 74-year-old Ivan Johnson Jr., the report stated.

Riley was traveling north on RR 2322, also called Pace Bend Road, two miles north of Briarcliff when she approached the motorcycle traveling in the opposite direction.

The Oldsmobile veered onto an “unimproved shoulder, then oversteered to the left and lost control … began to turn counter-clockwise, entered the southbound lane of 2322. (The vehicle) struck the front right side of (the motorcycle).”

Johnson was pronounced dead at University Medical Center-Brackenridge in Austin, the report stated. Riley was treated and released at the scene.

The arrest warrant affidavit stated Riley possessed marijuana at the time of the accident.

Trooper Ricardo Lomas obtained a warrant, arrested Riley and booked her into the Travis County Jail.

Her bond was set at $100,000 on the intoxication manslaughter charge and $1,000 on the marijuana possession charge.