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Waco man pleads guilty to car crash that killed wife

Waco, TexasKWTX)- A 65-year-old Waco man whose wife was killed in April 2020 as a result of drunk driving pleaded guilty Tuesday to manslaughter while intoxicated.

Prosecutors have recommended that Darrell Wayne Hood be sentenced to four years’ probation in connection with an incident in which his wife, Wanda Kay Hood, died in a traffic accident on the 1400 block of Dallas Street in Waco.

Judge Susan Kelly of the 54th District Court of Waco accepted Hood’s guilty plea and ordered probation officers to complete Hood’s biographical report. The judge set the verdict for March 22.

According to the arrest record, a witness told police that the couple were arguing in the car. A witness reported seeing the woman reach out and “grab the steering wheel, they lost control and crashed into a curb.”

Hood lost control of a 2005 Ford Focus and the car overturned, throwing Hood and his wife out, the arrest complaint says.

According to media reports, Wanda Hood died at the scene.

Darrell Hood admitted to police that he drank 12 ounces of beer and a shot of liquor, but denied a police request for a sample of his blood, according to an arrest statement.

Police obtained a search warrant for a blood draw, which showed a blood alcohol level of 0.162 percent, more than double the legal limit for a person to be considered drunk.

Hood’s attorney, Jessie Freud, said the plea agreement was made “with the thoughts, feelings, and interests of the Hood family as a whole.”

“The valuable contributions of Wanda and Darrell’s children guided the whole process,” Freud said. “While they are all still heartbroken over losing her, they love and want to support their father in forgiveness, healing and moving forward.”

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