Hookie v. State

136 S.W.3d 671 (2004)

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Hookie v. State

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
136 S.W.3d 671 (2004)

Facts

Ronald Gene Hookie (defendant) had been a truck driver for 30 years. State Trooper Dennis Jones pulled him over one day while Hookie was transporting a load of logs from a job site to a mill and inspected the truck. Jones found multiple safety issues, including that the truck’s brakes were out of adjustment. He cited Hookie, declaring the truck out of service, meaning it should be not driven until the brakes were fixed. Hookie told Jones he would adjust the brakes himself, which was common practice in the trucking industry. A week later, Hookie was driving his truck when he ran a red light, striking a pickup truck containing four people, one of whom died because of the accident. When police arrived at the scene, Hookie told them the brakes were not working and that he had been downshifting the truck gears to try to stop it. Texas law required Hookie to inspect his brakes daily, and Hookie claimed he had completed a visual inspection of the brakes the day of the accident. Jones arrived and inspected Hookie’s truck, finding that the brakes were even further out of adjustment than they had been the week prior, in addition to finding other safety violations. Hookie was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Morriss, C.J.)

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