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Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with more than 25 years of legal experience.

BUDA, TX (9/29/2014) — A two-vehicle car accident Monday night has claimed the life of 60-year-old Nancy Sterling-Dalton. Police have arrested the other driver on charges of intoxication manslaughter.

UPDATE 05/19/2017: Last week, a Hays County jury sentenced Jason Floyd Tarr to a 20-year prison term and levied a $10,000 fine after being found guilty of murder and intoxication manslaughter. Tarr faced 5-99 years or life in prison for his role in the 2014 drunk driving accident which killed 60-year-old Nancy Sterling-Dalton.

Nancy Sterling-Dalton Car Accident

Accident Scene / Credit: KXAN

The accident occurred in northern Hayes County at around 8:00 p.m. Monday night on FM 1626 just south of Buda, Texas. For those familiar with the area, the wreck occurred near the Cimarron Park neighborhood, which is close to where Lewis Lane and Eagle Nest meet FM 1626.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, 60-year-old Nancy Sterling-Dalton, of Austin, was traveling northbound on Farm to Market 1626 in her 2006 Chrysler Sebring convertible when a southbound 2009 Ford F150 driven by 37-year-old Jason Floyd Tarr, of Buda, crossed into the oncoming lane and struck Sterling-Dalton’s car head-on. Witnesses apparently observed Tarr’s Ford F150 pickup truck “weaving into the shoulder and then crossing back across the center stripe.” Nancy Sterling-Dalton was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

According to reports, road conditions were dry and the weather was clear. The speed limit is 50 mph, and while this section of FM 1626 has been under construction, there is an open lane in either direction.

Jason Tarr Mugshot

Mugshot of Jason Tarr

Jason Tarr, a Buda realtor who was voted “Hays County Best Real Estate Broker in 2008,” sustained minor injuries in the crash. He was taken to Seton Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin, treated, and released. Tarr was then placed under arrest for intoxication manslaughter and booked into the Hays County Jail. Records show that he is now free on a $150,000 bond.

Other outlets are reporting that this is at least Tarr’s second arrest for driving while intoxicated. KVUE reported finding at least four prior DWI arrests for Jason Tarr. Of course, it is uncertain how many of those may have ended in a conviction.

While the accident is under investigation, our thoughts are with the family of Nancy Sterling-Dalton. The sudden loss of a family member is one of the toughest things to go through, and we only hope that adequate justice is served.

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    The recent GUILTY verdict. The District Attorney did a great job in adding additional charges prior to this case going to trial. Something I had asked for in a case where my Son was killed and so many of us family and community members asked the “previous” DA for a Manslaughter charge and it never happened. Repeat DUI’s… it does not matter how nice of a person you are, the DA has a duty to protect the public from repeat offenders. Too many “guilty” individuals get offf scott free by paying a defence attorney to manipulate reality, have sudden amnesia about what really transpired, change their story seveal times and the person who caused the death of another innocent person walk. The family of the loved one is forever broken. Try celebrating Mother’s day tomorrow when your loved one was taken from you by an unresponsible person who walks scott free. Try celebrating any holiday, try living each moment of pain after the permanent consequences caused by the poor choices of another. Just try… I pray you never have to live this nightmare… R.I.P. Nancy Sterling-Dalton…

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    Very relieved that justice was served in this case. My prayers continue for the family of Nancy Sterling-Dalton. I have followed this since she was killed just minutes from my home. I think of her each time I cross the bridge where her life was taken from her. But hopefully there will be some comfort for her family and friends with this sentence. It may not seem like enough punishment, but it could have been less. Maybe Texas is finally coming
    around to making people actually
    pay for selfishly disregarding
    others’ lives by driving drunk. The offender who killed my brother only served 5 years of her 9 year sentence. We MUST stop this epidemic that allows our loved ones to be taken from us senselessly.

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