Jasper Police have arrested a suspect in connection with an early Tuesday morning auto pedestrian accident that left a woman dead.
Officers were called to a location on Farm to Market Road 2800, not far from the Sweetbriar Apartments, shortly after 3:00, when it was reported that the body of a woman had been found next to the roadway.
The victim, who was identified as 30 year old Tashayna Samuel was pronounced dead at the scene by Jasper County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Brett Holloway.
Police said Samuel was apparently from the Jasper Area, but had a Beaumont address at the time of her death.
Jasper Police Chief Gerald Hall said it was simply good police work that resulted in locating the vehicle and its driver who was allegedly involved in the incident.
Officers said parts of the vehicle found at the scene by Detective Gerald Hudson, Lieutenant Garrett Foster and Lieutenant Derek Woods allowed them to identify the make and model of the vehicle. Hall said that by 7:30 officers had found the 2005 Hummer H2 and its owner at the Hope Village Apartments on Pollard Street.
Officers say there were two people in the vehicle when the accident occurred and that the investigation revealed that the vehicle, which was headed east on FM-2800, apparently crossed over the center line into the westbound lane and struck Samuel, who was walking in or alongside the road.
The driver of the vehicle, Randy Earl Spikes, Jr., 24, of Jasper appeared before Judge Holloway on Wednesday morning and was officially charged with the crime of Felony 2 Manslaughter. Holloway set bond on Spikes at $200,000 and at last word, he was still being held at the Jasper County Jail.
So far the passenger of the vehicle has not been charged with any crime. However, the investigation is continuing into the incident.