ELLIS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) A Red Oak man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in the death of another person.
Stoney Jewell Ellis, 44, pleaded guilty to the felony of fatal accident on January 14, 2022. He admitted he had previously been convicted of a crime and consented to a 25-year prison sentence.
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On August 7, 2016, around 11:30 p.m., Albert Record rode his bicycle on Ovilla Road in Red Oak, Texas. He was wearing reflective clothing, but a car hit him from behind, stopped and accelerated.
Texas law requires a person involved in a traffic accident to stop their vehicle, return to the scene of the accident, and determine if a person involved in the accident needs assistance. Even if the driver is not at fault, Texas law requires the driver to stop and see if anyone needs help.
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A nearby homeowner heard the crash and called 911 after finding Record in a ditch and calling for help. Record succumbed to his injuries nine days later.
Red Oak Police Department investigators determined Ellis was behind the wheel of the vehicle that killed Record. Part of Ellis’ vehicle was left on the scene and police were able to trace the VIN number to his father.
Ellis’ parents told police that Ellis lived with them and drove the car regularly. Witnesses that day said they saw Ellis driving the vehicle involved in the accident, the day before the accident.
Police found and questioned Ellis a week later. He claimed that his car had been stolen the day before the accident and that he was not the driver but the car was never reported stolen and has not been reported stolen to this day.
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Ellis did not appear in court that November, and an arrest warrant was issued for his arrest. He fled the state but was arrested again in July 2021.