Tanya Jones, 55, of Lubbock, Killed Sunday Morning by Drunk Driver

Tanya Jones was killed around 1:50 a.m. Sunday morning when the 2014 Mazda she was driving was rear-ended by a 2011 red Chevrolet Camaro driven by 24-year-old Maxwell Lee Ezell. Both drivers were travelling westbound at the 6200 block of 19th Street.

Ezell failed several field sobriety tests and was taken to UMC for a blood draw. He was later booked into Lubbock County Detention Center on charges of intoxication manslaughter. Ezell’s Camaro struck a pickup truck after rear-ending Jones’s Mazda. The driver of the pickup truck was uninjured, but described seeing the Mazda “fly through the air” after being hit.

Ezell had several bar receipts in his pockets at the time of his arrest, including one with a serve time of 1:29 a.m. In Texas, bars have a duty to not over-serve patrons. The failure to do so could make the bar partially responsible for the crash and the injuries that resulted.

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