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Driver charged in Burnet mans death

Burnet Bulletin of Burnet, Texas

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An Austin woman has been indicted by a Williamson County grand jury on a charge of intoxication manslaughter in the Feb. 4 death of Burnet teenager Casey Ray Armendariz.

Armendariz, who was 18 at the time of his death, was a passenger in a car driven by his pregnant girlfriend, Spring Luedke, 18, also of Burnet, when their vehicle was struck head-on by a car driven by Gabriell Marie Urton.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Andrew Conquest wrote in his arrest report that after arriving on the scene of the accident on SH 29 west of Liberty Hill in Williamson County near 3 a.m., he observed Urton and that she had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and person.

Urton informed him she had been drinking alcohol, that she had been driving the vehicle that struck the car in which Armendariz was a passenger and that she was lost and the next thing she knew she was having a wreck, Conquest wrote.

"From this I determined that Gabriell Urton was intoxicated, " the trooper also wrote in the report.

Armendariz and Lu-edke, who has since given birth to a baby boy, were returning from Pfluger-ville, where they had spent the evening dancing and socializing with friends at the popular Graham Central Station nightclub.

The wreck happened at 2:14 a.m., according to the DPS accident report, and Luedke said she was driving west on SH 29 when the car driven by Urton crossed into their lane and struck them head on, Conquest wrote.

Luedke managed to crawl out the driver-side window, but Armendariz was pinned in his seat and died at the scene, the accident report states.

Armendariz and Luedke were 2009 graduates of Burnet High School.

Williamson County records indicate Urton was booked into the county jail Feb. 4 and released Feb. 6 on a $15, 000 bond.

Intoxication manslaughter is a second-degree felony, punishable by two to 29 years in prison and a fine of up to $20, 000.

Original Publication Date: June 30, 2010

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