Waco woman pleads guilty to hitting mom with SUV, killing her

McLennan County Jail
POSTED: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 11:36am
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 10:15pm

A Waco woman pleaded guilty to manslaughter Tuesday in connection to a June 2012 accident that left her mother dead.

Gail Lehrmann Smith, 54, reportedly hit her mother with a small SUV in the parking lot of a mental health crisis center on June 28, 2012. Smith's mother, Marguerite Lehrmann, 76, suffered life-threatening injuries to her head immediately following the accident. At the time, Lehrmann was trying to take Smith to get treatment at the center, located in the 1200 block of Clifton Street. Instead, Smith backed into Lehrmann, causing her head to hit the pavement, and then drove off. Smith later returned to the scene and was then arrested.

Lehrmann was taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. She later died from her injuries after the accident.

District Judge Ralph Strother has now ordered the probation office to complete a pre-sentence investigation, or PSI, before sentencing Smith.


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