Former Councilwoman Dies In DUI Collision, Daughter Seriously Injured
A Dallas man with multiple impairment convictions is being held responsible for the death of a former council member of the city of Dallas and her daughter.
CBS Local in Dallas-Fort Worth reports that Jonathan Moore, 36, has been arrested and convicted of DUI five times prior to the latest deadly crash. Moore is now facing two counts of intoxication manslaughter after a wrong-way collision that happened on the night of Monday, July 15th.
Authorities say that at approximately 7:44 p.m. Wednesday, Melissa Leshan Davis-Nun was heading westbound on East Ledbetter when her 1995 Cutlass Cierra collided with a 2007 Mazda Tribute that was heading eastbound in the westbound lanes.
The former councilwoman was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Also in the vehicle with her at the time of the crash was Davis-Nunn’s 26-year-old daughter, Melissa Leshan Davis-Nunn. She was rushed to the hospital in extremely critical condition. She later died as the result of injuries suffered in the crash.
Police investigators say that Moore admitted having taken a drug that would have affected him mentally and physically. So far, Moore is still recovering from the crash and has not yet been booked into the Dallas County Jail.
Court records indicate that Moore has six mug shots from previous arrests. As of 2014, he had been arrested and convicted for DUI at least four times. If convicted of both of the recently upgraded charges of intoxication manslaughter, he could potentially be facing life in prison.
North Texas Executive Director, for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) Ron Sylvan told reporters that these types of accidents are on the rise in recent years and finds it frustrating that DUI drivers are allowed to offend repeatedly.
“There are both Judges and prosecutors that probably treat this crime much more seriously than others,” Sylvan said. There is quite a bit of latitude in terms of locking into a specific sentence.”
Sylvan also indicated that the area holding the greatest risk of such DUI crashes in the United States is that of Dallas-Fort Worth.