Suspected drunk driver kills woman at busy Dallas intersection


Police say a suspected drunk driver caused a crash that killed a woman in East Dallas overnight.

The crash happened at the intersection of Buckner Boulevard and Garland Road around 11 p.m. Monday. Police said 25-year-old Damondrae Garner ran a red light in his white car and t-boned a black car.

Minya Paulson was riding in the passenger seat of the black car. She was rushed to the hospital, but the wife and mother of four did not survive. Her husband was also injured but has since been released.

Investigators say speed and alcohol were factors in this fatal crash. Garner reportedly failed a field sobriety test on the scene.

Officers also found evidence of alcohol inside of Garner’s car and placed a wine bottle on the roof of his vehicle.

The crash was so violent, nearby business patrons could almost feel the impact.

"It just goes to show you it could happen anytime. You got to always be aware,” said Paul Card, who lives nearby.

Garner is charged with intoxication manslaughter and remains in jail on a $50,000 bond. He did not have any previous DWI cases.

Minya’s close friends and coworkers say the 56-year-old worked as a nurse at Baylor's Institute of Rehabilitation.

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