Guilty plea in road-rage death
Shackled and mostly quiet in Judge John Stevens felony court, a 46-year-old Port Arthur woman pleaded no contest Tuesday, Feb. 19, to two counts of aggravated assault and admitted her guilt in a U.S. 69 collision that caused the death of a Groves man more than a year ago.
By taking the plea agreement, Zola Ann Wilson avoided a possible prison term of 20 years for the death of Gary Naquin, 34, who died in the accident.
According to her plea agreement, Wilson will pay two fines of $500 and spend no more than five years in prison.
According to court testimony, on Jan. 27, 2012, Wilson was driving north on U.S. 69 when a rock from a large truck in front of her cracked her windshield. In a fit of rage, Wilson admitted to passing the truck, entering the truck’s lane and slamming on her brakes. Naquin, who was following the large truck, did not stop in time and rear-ended the truck at high a speed. Naquin’s wife and two children were hospitalized and survived the wreck, but Naquin died three days later.
After setting her sentencing for March 18, Judge Stevens pressed Wilson before she could exit the courtroom.
“Anything you want to say?” Stevens said. “Do you regret what happened or anything?”
Wilson replied, “Yes, I regret what happened and I would change it if I could, but I can’t.”