Vidor man faces intoxication manslaughter charge for fatal crash

Vidor man faces intoxication manslaughter charge for fatal crash

A Vidor man has been arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter following a fatal June accident that claimed the life of a 72-year-old woman, reports Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sgt. Stephanie Davis.

According to Davis, 36-year-old Blake Travis Bowen was arrested the morning of Oct. 26 following the issuance of an indictment against him for intoxication manslaughter in Orange County.

Reports from DPS following the accident on June 3 indicated that at approximately 7:15 p.m., DPS troopers received a report of a multiple-vehicle crash on FM 105, near Mansfield Ferry Road in Orange County outside of Vidor. Responding troopers discovered that a 1996 Honda passenger vehicle was traveling northbound on FM 105. A 2008 Ford SUV was traveling southbound on FM 105. As the driver of the Honda entered a curve, he traveled into the southbound lane and collided head-on with the Ford.

The driver of the Ford, 72-year-old Vivian Townsend Markle of Vidor, was transported to St. Elizabeth hospital in Beaumont. Markle did not survive her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital by emergency room personnel.

Bowen, the driver of the Honda, was transported to St. Elizabeth hospital with serious injuries.

DPS troopers conducted a thorough investigation of the fatal crash and determined that Bowen was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the wreck. Troopers submitted the case report to the Orange County District Attorney’s office for review, and the indictment followed.

Intoxication manslaughter is a second-degree felony. Bowen faces two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000 if convicted.