Trial rescheduled for driver in fatal crash

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

The trial for Laguna Vista resident Ana Luisa Alcocer-Padilla for allegedly striking Rebecca Haugh in a fatal car accident on April 29, 2014 has been rescheduled. Originally set for November 2014, the trial has since been pushed back multiple times and is now set for May 18 due to the state requesting continuum. Alcocer-Padilla, 39, is charged with criminally negligent homicide. Haugh, then 59, was walking with her husband, who was her high school sweetheart and has since moved away from Laguna Vista, in the shoulder of Farm to Market Road 510 across the street from the South Padre Island Golf Club when a red Cadillac Escalade struck her. Alcocer-Padilla, whom has plead not guilty, was allegedly distracted by her cell phone at the time and her vehicle swerved before fatally hitting Haugh.

“Those of us who knew and loved the individual that was killed want to see justice and stop these postponements,” said Chris Evans, who was a friend of Haugh. She went on to say, “It’s just a shame that this woman may get off because sooner or later the interest is going to die and they’ll just drop it… This woman drove off the road and hit my friend and threw her in the middle of the road… Her husband just couldn’t stand to be here anymore- the place where her wife was murdered.”

Signs have since been erected that prohibit cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle in several areas in Laguna Vista with the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in mind following the passage of an city ordinance in May 2014.

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