Woman who struck, killed man with vehicle had drugs in her system, paramedics say in court

Driver facing intoxication manslaughter charges

SAN ANTONIO – A woman who is on trial for intoxication manslaughter is accused of having a combination of marijuana and prescription drugs in her system when her car veered from the roadway and struck and killed Charles White, 47, according to paramedics on the scene that morning.

KSAT 12 is not identifying the woman because she is the victim in an unrelated sexual assault case. She was a key witnesses in the sex and human trafficking case of disgraced former attorney and judicial candidate Mark Benavides.

The first paramedic who arrived at the scene that day testified Wednesday in the woman’s intoxication manslaughter trial and painted a grim picture of what he saw upon arrival.

White had been taking his morning walk on June 17, 2013, in the 10000 block of Ray Ellison Drive as part of his daily exercise routine.

“I remember seeing a gentleman that was obviously traumatically injured down on the ground,” paramedic David Madero said. “It was a lot of blood.”

“There was some obvious deformities to his arms and legs, and I do remember there was a lot of blood to the back of the head,” he said.

White died shortly after arriving to the hospital.

The woman was not injured, but according to paramedic Mark Lerma, she seemed to be impaired.

“She said that she had smoked marijuana, but it had been a couple of days and that she had some Xanax also, but that had also been a while,” Lerma said.

San Antonio police Officer Aaron Urbano testified that the woman failed a field sobriety test and that she was booked on intoxication manslaughter charges.

If she is convicted, the woman faces a punishment range of from two to 20 years in prison. Testimony will continue Thursday before State District Judge Laura Parker in felony impact court.

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