A total of 28 years in prison was the punishment given to a Buda man who pled guilty to several felony charges, including intoxication manslaughter for a fatal 2016 wreck in Kyle.
Jarred Brady Farmer, 22, of Buda, pled guilty to intoxication manslaughter, as well as manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, which is a first-degree felony. Farmer also pled guilty to a violation of probation of a previous charge.
Farmer was arrested on the manslaughter charge following a Kyle Police Department investigation into a three-car collision on Jan. 7, 2016 that killed Steven Vasquez of Kyle.
The Hays Free Press reported a 2013 gray Dodge Avenger, driven by Farmer, was traveling on the southbound access road of Interstate 35 when it hit a gray 2014 Toyota Corolla that was turning right onto Burleson Street. The Avenger then continued on and hit a 2003 Lexus IS 300, operated by Vasquez, that was at the stop sign waiting to turn onto the access road.
Kyle Police arrested Farmer in December 2016 after their investigation determined he had been driving while intoxicated at the time of the incident.
At the time of the accident, Farmer was on deferred adjudication probation for a 2014 drug possession charge, according to a press release.
Following Farmer’s arrest, narcotics investigators presented additional charges for possession of Xanax.
Farmer was sentenced to 10 years in prision for the manslaughter charge, 12 years in prison for the drug charge and six years in prison for violation of probation. The sentences will be served concurrently.
Wes Mau, Hays County District Attorney, said his office expressed its appreciation for the work done by Kyle Police and the Hays County Narcotics Task Force.
“We also wish to give special recognition to Mr. Vasquez’s surviving widow, Stephanie Vasquez, who made a moving and profound statement after the punishment was pronounced, expressing forgiveness and remarkable grace in the face of her tragic loss,” Mau said.