Victim's daughter testifies in intoxication manslaughter trial

The daughter of a woman who was hit and killed in 2011 testified Thursday in the trial of a woman accused of driving drunk and causing the fatal collision.

Christy Renee Arceneaux is charged with one count of intoxication manslaughter in the August 3, 2011 death of Carol Lewis Singleton.

According to 12News file stories, Singleton was riding her bike in the 300 block of South M.L.K. Parkway in Beaumont the afternoon of August 3, 2011.  Arceneaux's 2003 Toyota hit Singleton.  She was taken to Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth, but doctors were unable to save her life.

Arceneaux's  attorney Thursday objected to letting the jury hear testimony from Singleton's daughter, Pamela Tingler, saying the fact that she worked with the defendant is irrelevant.

The judge allowed the testimony to go forward.

Tingler testified that she had to work Arceneaux's shift at Luby's because Arceneaux had hit & killed someone.  Lewis said she did not know it was her mother who died.

"I said a prayer for her after I heard even though we didn't get along, but I didn't know she had killed my mom," she said.

The prosecutor Thursday showed Tingler pictures of her mom.  She became overcome with emotion and had to leave the courtroom.

Arceneaux's trial began Monday.  She was indicted by a Jefferson County Grand Jury on May 31, 2012 for second-degree felony intoxication manslaughter.  She was arrested June 4, 2012 and posted $50,000 bond the same day as her arrest.

If found guilty, Arceneaux faces from 2 to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.




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