Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Investigators say an El Dorado man was driving under the influence when his car hit and killed a popular former teacher last month.
Matthew Mabry faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and DUI. Police also say he went on a crime spree in the days following the deadly crash.
Friends say 89-year-old Arlene Root was one-of-a-kind. The former music teacher and librarian loved life. She also loved driving her 1950's antique Plymouth car.
On June 24, she died in that car, when police say 34-year-old Matthew Mabry's truck hit her and another truck while driving in the wrong lane of Central. Toxicology reports recently revealed Mabry was under the influence of drugs or alcohol that day.
Court records show Mabry had drug paraphernalia with him during the accident.
While police waited on toxicology results, Mabry was arrested on July 18, several weeks after the deadly accident. Police caught him breaking into cars and mobile homes on East Kellogg. They say he was also driving a stolen truck.
Roots friends say the neighborhood isn't the same without her, but knowing the man accused of killing her is behind bars helps in the healing.
In all, Mabry is charged with 7 counts in the deadly accident and 6 counts of burglary involving the crimes on July 18.