Wise County Messenger

Man given probation in fatal wreck case

BOYD


A Boyd man received 10 years probation last week for manslaughter in a wreck that killed one person in December 2017.

Robert Anthony Skerik, 34, pleaded guilty in 271st District Court and was given a 10-year probated sentence as part of a plea agreement with the Wise County District Attorney’s Office. Per the plea agreement, Skerik must serve 30 consecutive days in the county jail, beginning next week.

The fatal wreck happened Dec. 3, 2017, on County Road 4698 west of Boyd and resulted in the death of 34-year-old Aubrey resident Tony Neal Trevino.

According to the crash report obtained from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Skerik was operating a Polaris all-terrain vehicle, driving south on CR 4698 “under the influence of alcohol,” the report states, when he entered a curve at an unsafe speed.

Skerik was unable to successfully navigate the turn, and the vehicle rolled onto its right side into the ditch on the west side of the road. Trevino was ejected, and the vehicle landed on top of him, according to the report.

Trevino was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth where he died 20 days later.

The crash report indicates a blood sample taken from Skerik the night of the accident indicates a blood alcohol level of 0.153, nearly twice the legal limit.

At the plea hearing Thursday, members of Trevino’s family read victim impact statements in front of Skerik.

“(My son) must now grieve his dad with every life milestone,” Trevino’s wife said of their son, who was nearly 2 years old at the time of his father’s death. She also recalled the difficult decision to remove her husband from life support following eight surgeries.

Trevino’s mother also pointed out the many activities her grandson would never share with his father, such as deer hunting or traveling across the Rocky Mountains.

“You expect to lose your parents, you lose friends along the way, but nothing can compare to losing a child,” she said.

District Attorney James Stainton said Skerik was originally charged with the second degree felony offense of intoxication manslaughter but was recently re-indicted for manslaughter. While manslaughter is also a second degree felony, Stainton said it allowed more flexibility in plea negotiations.

In addition to the 30 days in jail, Skerik must also abstain from any alcohol consumption for the entire 10 years.

Stainton said Skerik has shown he is willing to change.

“Mr. Skerik has been on an alcohol monitor for over four years with no violations. You have to give somebody credit for that. He has done a lot of things that indicate self improvement, remorse, changing ones life habits, and that’s what you want with this,” Stainton said.

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