Man Convicted Of Manslaughter In Crash That Killed Peggy Jean Cantrell

A guilty verdict was returned Wednesday in the trial of a Waco man charged in connection with a fatal traffic accident that killed 64-year-old Peggy Jean Cantrell.

Jurors found 27-year-old Jacob Scott Turner guilty of intoxication manslaughter with a deadly weapon in the accident on July 21, 2011.

Cantrell, who was driving a 2002 Dodge Neon, attempted to turn left onto New Road from Bosque Boulevard in Waco when a 2006 Ford Explorer driven by Turner was travelling at high rate of speed and struck her vehicle.

The impact caused Cantrell’s car gas tank to burst and catch fire. The car and the SUV landed about 30 feet from the point of impact.

Turner was speeding more than twice the legal limit of 35 miles per hour at the time of the crash, according to investigators.

On Aug. 5th, 2011, Turner turned himself in after Waco municipal Judge Chris Taylor issued an arrest warrant.

He was later released after posting $75,000 bond.

Opening statements were underway late Wednesday afternoon in the punishment phase of the trial.