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KFDM learns Crystal Boyett indicted for crash that killed Lumberton sisters, unborn child

HARDIN COUNTY- KFDM News has learned the Hardin County grand jury has indicted a woman for manslaughter and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a crash that killed a woman, her unborn son, and the woman's sister, and seriously injured the sisters' mother.

KFDM's Haley Bull was at the courthouse for the exclusive information and reaction when the grand jury returned the indictments. Watch KFDM News and stay with kfdm.com.

The grand jury Thursday indicted Crystal Boyett, 40, of Kirbyville, on three counts of manslaughter for the deaths and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the injury to the sisters' mother.

Connely Burns, 20, her unborn son, Tyson, and Connely's 15-year-old sister, Courtney Sterling, died in the February 3 crash in Lumberton. Dawn Sterling was critically injured and recovered after a lengthy hospital stay.

If convicted, Boyett could face 20 years for each charge. She'd serve the time concurrently, or at the same time, meaning a maximum 20 years in prison. Boyett was charged soon after the collision and released on $1.5 million bond in June.

District Attorney David Sheffield tells KFDM News there wasn't evidence Boyett was intoxicated so the grand jury couldn't indict her for intoxication manslaughter.

Troopers say Boyett was traveling at more than 150 miles an hour when she was first clocked in Jasper and 120 miles an hour just before the collision at the intersection of Highway 96 and 69 in Lumberton.

Connely was in the rear seat of her family's Nissan Murano. Her sister, Courtney was driving the Murano. Their mother, Dawn, 46, was in the front passenger seat.

Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins called it a "horrific scene." The Camaro struck the rear of the Murano and pushed it off the highway and onto the grassy median near the service road. The collision was so violent debris flew about 600 feet, or the length of two football fields, from the point of impact.

Chief Sullins says Burns graduated from Lumberton High School. He told us her husband was working in the oil industry in North Dakota when he learned about the accident that killed his wife and her their unborn child.


 

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