Elizabeth Macey spent Thanksgiving Day with friends and was on her way home when a suspected drunken driver ended her life.
“She was family,” said Cindy Ladd, a co-worker of Macey’s at Yupp’s Night Club in Fort Worth. “She was like a sister. We loved her dearly. It’s just hard on us all.”
A 20-year-old Fort Worth man faces an intoxication manslaughter charge in the head-on collision that killed Macey, 56, of Fort Worth.
Derrick Paul Jackson remained in the Mansfield Jail on Monday with bail set at $10,000.
Jackson and a passenger were northbound in the 1700 block of Oakland Boulevard around 7 p.m. Thursday when their 1999 Buick crossed over the double yellow line and collided head-on with a southbound 1999 Nissan Sentra driven by Macey, Fort Worth police said.
Macey was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital, where she was pronounced dead from her injuries at 9:42 p.m.
Jackson and his passenger, 19-year-old Joshua J. Gibson, did not require hospitalization, police said.
Jackson was detained during the investigation and later arrested on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter, police said.
Macey was a bartender and cocktail waitress at Yupp’s and would have celebrated her 20th anniversary working there in February, Ladd said.
Ladd said Macey had spent Thanksgiving Day in Weatherford and was taking her beloved dog, Rufus, home so she could get ready for work when the wreck happened.
“She was supposed to work with me that night. We kept calling and texting her,” Ladd said. “Then we went to her house the next day and that’s how we found out.”
Ladd said Macey’s dog also also died in the wreck.
“That was her child. That was her baby,” Ladd said. “He went everywhere with her.”
Ladd described Macey as a fun-loving, free-spirited woman who loved to sing karaoke and coordinate the club’s Halloween parties.
“She is very much loved and will be very much missed and will always be in our hearts,” Ladd said.