Accident reconstruction

Davenport crash-scene investigators examine one of three vehicles involved in a fatal crash on Jan. 30 at the intersection of East 2nd and Brady streets downtown.


An Alvarado, Texas, woman charged in a fatal crash in downtown Davenport in late January has pleaded not guilty.

Lauria Lee Kelly, 57, waived her right to a formal arraignment and filed a written plea through her attorney, Miguel Puentes. 

She is charged in one count of homicide by vehicle-reckless driving, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

She will be back in court March 31 for a pretrial conference. A trial is tentatively scheduled for April 10, according to court documents.

The crash happened shortly before 6 p.m. Jan. 30.

According to an arrest affidavit filed by the Davenport Police Department, Kelly was driving her blue 2005 Dodge truck east on 2nd Street at a high rate of speed. 

Witnesses to the crash and events leading up to it told police that Kelly was driving very fast and that she ran through at least two red traffic lights, one at 2nd and Harrison streets and the other at 2nd and Main streets, according to the affidavit.

One witness, who was crossing 2nd Street at Brady, said she heard the roar of an engine just prior to the crash, according to the affidavit.

Kelly's vehicle struck the rear of a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo that was stopped at the red light at 2nd and Brady. The force of the impact caused fatal injuries to the driver, Cynthia Elaine Jones, 53, of Davenport.

The Monte Carlo then was pushed into the rear of a green 1999 Buick Regal that was in front of it. The force of the crash was so great that all three vehicles came to a rest on the other side of the intersection more than 100 feet away, according to the affidavit.

Kelly and the driver of the Buick were taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Kelly was arrested after her release from the hospital and taken to the Scott County Jail, according to the affidavit.

According to an application filed in support of a search warrant in the case, a certified drug recognition expert examined Kelly and noted that she showed multiple signs and symptoms of impairment, including dilated and watery eyes, unsteadiness, quick slurred speech and jerky and fumbled movements.

She also had a "distorted sense of reality" and believed the "Order of the Masons" was chasing her, according to the application.

The application further states that Kelly's symptoms were consistent with "her using central nervous system stimulants and narcotic analgesics."