Jury finds man guilty of manslaughter in accident that killed mother and child

A Mexican national accused of causing a January 16, 2011 accident that claimed the life of a mother and her child has been found guilty.

Ines Legarda was convicted on a charge of manslaughter in the death of Alyssa Holtzclaw, of Sour Lake.  Legarda received a 20-year-sentence for her death.  He still faces trial for the death of her 10-month-old son Jacob Tucker Holtzclaw.  That trial is currently set for November 4.

According to 12News file stories, Holtzclaw was traveling east on Highway 105 near Pine Island Bayou on January 16, 2011.  A driver, later identified as Legarda, was traveling west in a pickup.  He crossed over into her lane and struck her SUV.

Police say Legarda fled the scene on foot but was arrested at a home in Winnie.

The accident happened around 6 a.m. on a Sunday as Holtzclaw was on her way to drop her son off at her grandparents house before she went to Christus Hospital Saint Elizabeth in Beaumont where she worked as an X-Ray Technician.

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