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A Johnson County man involved in a May traffic collision was driving 84 mph two seconds before the crash occurred, according to a Cleburne Police Department arrest warrant.

Cleburne police arrested the suspect, Hunter Layne Hodges, 22, on Wednesday on two charges of manslaughter. A justice of the peace judge set Hodges’ bonds at $150,000 on Thursday. 

Cleburne police responded to the two-vehicle accident scene at 4:57 p.m. May 6 in the 600 block of North Main Street.

Hodges was traveling northbound on North Main Street in a Dodge Ram. The victims were traveling southbound in a Chevrolet Silverado.

Hodges’ Dodge struck the Silverado as it attempted to turn left onto Ross Street, according to the arrest warrant, striking the Silverado’s passenger door area. The impact propelled the Silverado into a tree on the northeast corner of the intersection and caused extensive damage to both vehicles.

Hodges told police that the Silverado turned in front of him. Hodges also declined medical treatment at the scene.

The driver of the Silverado, Robert Kammerdiener, 75, was flown to Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth with life threatening injuries. He died at 8:03 p.m. the same night.

Kammerdiener’s wife, Mary Kammerdiener, 67, was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital where she died at 6:59 p.m. the same day.

Based on scene investigation, police suspected that speed was a contributing factor to the collision. Based on that, they obtained a search warrant for Hodges’ vehicle specifically for the airbag and electronic control module and the data it contained.

Recovered data from the module indicated that Hodges was driving 71 mph five seconds before the crash with the accelerator pedal depressed 100 percent and 85 mph one second before the crash by which time the accelerator pedal was not depressed and the service brake had been applied, according to the arrest warrant. 

The posted speed in the 600 block of North Main Street is 30 mph.

 

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