Driver acquitted in South Texas bus passenger death

August 22, 2013 11:20:53 AM PDT
A Louisiana driver has been acquitted in the death of a bus passenger in a 2011 South Texas wreck that left 21 other riders hurt.

A jury in Victoria on Wednesday acquitted Larry Phillip Marceaux of Vinton, La., of criminally negligent homicide.

The Victoria Advocate reports Marceaux, who drove a pickup truck towing another pickup truck, was charged with sideswiping a Valley Transit Company bus, which then hit a light pole. Juana Lopez-Perez of Matamoros, Mexico, died from blunt force trauma.

The Department of Public Safety says the bus was traveling from Houston to McAllen when the wreck happened just south of Victoria.

Both drivers escaped injury. Marceaux was issued a ticket for failing to yield at an intersection.

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