Leander man indicted in October 2017 crash that killed two Burnet County women

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON

Mark Salley, 57, of Leander was indicted on charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in an October 2017 vehicle collision that killed two Burnet County women.

Mark Salley, 57, of Leander was indicted on charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in an October 2017 vehicle collision that killed two Burnet County women.

BURNET — A Leander man faces charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for his involvement in an October 2017 automobile collision that killed two Burnet County women.

A Burnet County grand jury indicted 57-year-old Mark Salley on two counts of manslaughter and two counts of criminally negligent homicide. Salley was booked into the Burnet County Jail on Sept. 10 and released Sept. 11 after posting bond.

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety report, Salley was driving a 2013 Dodge Ram westbound on Texas 29 in the inside lane on Oct. 2, 2017, when he collided into the back of a 2015 Ford Focus driven by 56-year-old Pamela Stewart.

Stewart was stopped in the roadway and attempting to turn onto CR 304 when Salley’s truck struck the rear end of her car. The collision forced the Focus off the highway, where it rolled over, according to the DPS report.

The pickup then collided with an eastbound 2013 Ford Escape driven by 52-year-old Dena Kolb of Burnet. The Escape also rolled after the collision, the report stated.

Kolb was pronounced dead at the scene. Stewart was transported to an area Baylor Scott and White medical facility, where she later died.

Salley was taken to Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock, where he was treated and released.

In the indictment, the grand jury found that Salley “recklessly, namely, by failing to keep proper lookout or by following a vehicle too closely or by driving at an unsafe speed or by failing to control his speed or by failing to maintain an assured clear distance from a vehicle in front of (him), or by any combination of the forgoing acts or omissions, cause the death of” Stewart and Kolb.

If convicted, Salley faces two to 20 years in prison on the second-degree felony manslaughter charges and up to two years on the state jail felony criminally negligent homicide charges.

editor@thepicayune.com

4 Responses to “Leander man indicted in October 2017 crash that killed two Burnet County women”

  1. Tgm says:

    This is getting out of control now.. It was an accident that is why idlts called an accident. This man did not set out to wreck his vehicle into anyone and I’m about positive the death of these two women will forever haunt him. Unless he was criminally intoxicated he should not have to deal with any of this other crap and all money he is gonna have to spend to keep himself out of prison. If found innocent or acquitted on the charges or anything else he should be refunded 100% of every dollar its cost him through the court system and jail bonds. Cuz that’s insane. My mother was killed by a drunk driver in a car accident and NOTHING happened to that man and he was drunk!!!!

    • LBL says:

      A driver does not need to be drunk to be negligent and stupid, Tgm. Obviously the driver was not traveling at a safe speed and paying attention to the situation that was around him or the “accident” would not have happened. A grand jury examined the known facts of the incident and returned an indictment. This was not an “accident.”

      An “accident” occurs when no fault can be determined when considering the facts of the incident.

    • Donna says:

      I agree with Tgm above …accidents happen everyday! I’m sure this man had NO idea that he was going to be involved in an accident when he left home..it’s not like he planned the accident and he was not “DRUNK”…

  2. Bertramboy says:

    I agree with LBL. I have lived near that very intersection for 25 years. I have seen way too many deaths and injuries at that very spot caused by people who would rather talk on the phone than pay attention to the the roadway and the machine they are operating. I have been nearly hit many times even though I have put the turn signal on a half mile before the turn. It is all a matter of being a responsible driver. The insurance company can replace a vehicle but not a person.

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