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1 dies, 1 arrested in 2-vehicle wreck

By Kristen Tribe | Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Lake Bridgeport woman was killed Sunday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. 380 and Farm Road 1658 in Bridgeport.

Fatal Accident

FATAL ACCIDENT – Margaret “Ann” Aden, 72, was killed Sunday afternoon in Bridgeport when the red, Chevrolet Tracker she was riding in with her husband, James, was hit by a Toyota Tacoma pickup. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Margaret “Ann” Aden, 72, was pronounced dead at the scene, and her husband, James Aden, 78, was transported by PHI helicopter to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Bridgeport Police Sgt. Ricky Schwartz said according to hospital authorities, Mr. Aden is expected to survive. He was listed in good condition Tuesday afternoon.

Zachary Sloan

Police Chief Randy Singleton said the accident occurred when a Toyota Tacoma pickup traveling westbound on U.S. 380 ran a red light at Farm Road 1658, also known as Lake Road. The pickup, driven by Zachary Sloan, 33, of Breckenridge, hit the Adens’ Chevrolet Tracker, which was traveling southbound on 1658 through the intersection.

Sgt. Schwartz said the impact was just in front of the driver’s side door on the Tracker, and Mr. Aden was trapped.

According to Singleton, “(Schwartz) observed some clues that led him to believe that (Sloan) was under the influence, and he performed a field sobriety test on him.

“We felt like we had probable cause to take him into custody.”

Sloan was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle and intoxication assault with a vehicle. He was booked into Wise County Jail Sunday and released Monday on a $50,000 bond for the intoxication manslaughter charge and $35,000 bond for the intoxication assault charge.

Singleton said a blood sample was drawn, and the charges are pending the results of the toxicology tests.

Sloan was not injured in the accident, and he had no passengers.

Helicopter ambulances PHI, as well as Air Evac Lifeteam 68, landed at the scene in the old Devon yard, just off the corner of 380 and 1658. Lifeteam was preparing to transport Mrs. Aden before she died. Her funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In addition to Bridgeport PD, Wise County EMS and Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Clay Poynor were called to the scene.

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