Patrick Wayne Nuner Re-Charged in Fatal Amarillo Crash

Patrick Wayne Nuner, 50, has been re-charged with intoxication manslaughter and manslaughter after lab results showed he had methamphetamine in his blood during a fatal car crash. The crash killed Laura Sanders, a mother of six, in Amarillo, Texas, on March 18, 2023.

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Patrick Wayne Nuner Re-Charged in Fatal Amarillo Crash

Patrick Wayne Nuner Re-Charged in Fatal Amarillo Crash

Patrick Wayne Nuner, 50, has been re-charged with intoxication manslaughter and manslaughter in connection with a fatal car crash that claimed the life of Laura Sanders, a mother of six, in Amarillo, Texas, on March 18, 2023. The charges were re-filed on Wednesday after lab results showed Nuner had methamphetamine in his blood at the time of the incident.

Why this matters: This tragic incident highlights the devastating consequences ofdriving under the influence of drugs, which claims thousands of lives every year in the United States. It also underscores the importance of timely and accurate toxicology reports in ensuring justice for victims and their families.

The tragic crash occurred at the intersection of SE 3rd Avenue and Buchanan Street when Nuner, driving at 71 mph, more than twice the legal speed limit, ran a red light and t-boned Sanders' car. Nuner had initially been charged with intoxication manslaughter and manslaughter, but his attorney filed a motion to dismiss due to a 180-day delay in indictment. The judge granted the motion, but new charges were re-filed following the release of the toxicology report.

According to court records, Nuner's blood contained methamphetamine, corroborating his statement to police that he had been "smoking meth and ingesting prescription medication in excess of the prescription." The Amarillo police had been waiting on the toxicology report from the lab, which delayed the indictment. Nuner had been in jail for more than 180 days without an indictment, leading to the initial dismissal of charges.

The victim's family has expressed their anguish and desire for justice. Christine Meyer, Laura Sanders' sister, stated, "My sister didn't deserve what this man did to her or our family. We deserve justice. SHE deserves justice. He shouldn't be able to walk free while we have to visit her grave." Tommy Kerbo, Laura Sanders' father, echoed the sentiment, saying, "Laura was our daughter and did nothing wrong. (She) just had supper with her husband and (was) driving home to her children. Where is the justice for her?"

A warrant has been issued for Nuner's arrest following the re-filing of charges. The case highlights the tragic consequences of driving under the influence of drugs and the importance of timely toxicology reports in ensuring justice for victims and their families.