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Driver charged in deaths of motorcyclists

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, June 28, 2014

The driver who caused the Memorial Day weekend wreck that killed two motorcyclists near Slidell has been arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Sherrie Ann Rose

Sherrie Ann Rose, 36, of Weatherford was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Wise County Jail. She remained jailed Friday afternoon on two charges of manslaughter. Bond was set at $100,000 for each charge.

The wreck happened the afternoon of May 25 on Farm Road 51 at the Wise/Denton County line.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit of investigating Department of Public Safety Trooper Greg Hair, Rose told the officer she had been traveling behind a slower-moving vehicle southbound on FM 51 when she attempted to pass the vehicle in a no-passing zone. She estimated that the vehicle in front of her had been traveling around 50 mph in the 70 mph zone.

Rose estimated she was traveling around 65 mph when she topped a hill in the northbound lane and collided with two northbound motorcycles.

The operator of the first motorcycle, Thomas Edward Garcia, 53, of Ardmore, Okla., was killed instantly. A passenger on his bike, Cassie Marlana Turner, 32, of Ardmore, died shortly after her arrival at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.

The operator of the second motorcycle, Dustin Bailey, 33, of Ardmore, was flown to Medical Center of Plano where he remains hospitalized for his injuries. His passenger, Megan Michelle McCleary, 30, of Ringling, Okla., was flown to Medical Center of Plano where she was treated and released later that night.

A third motorcycle operator riding with the group avoided the collision.

Rose and her sister, Debra Crouch, 49, of Weatherford, were flown to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, and Rose’s 7-year-old son, Jacob Perrine, was flown to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

According to the affidavit, Rose said she had been visiting with family in Terlton, Okla., and had left earlier that day to return home to Weatherford. The motorcyclists had attended a Memorial Day event in Chico and were returning home to Oklahoma.

The affidavit also states that the motorcycle driven by Bailey had been reported stolen in Houston in January of 2013.

Manslaughter is a second-degree felony. If convicted, the punishment range is two to 20 years in jail.

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