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Teenager certified to stand trial as adult

The Parker County Grand Jury returned an indictment for Accident Involving Personal Injury or Death on Morgan Lopatesky on Thursday.

That offense, more commonly called hit and run, is a second degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine in situations in which a death was caused in the accident.

The indictment stems from the Aug. 11 accident in the Hudson Oaks Wal-Mart parking lot that took the life of Marla Carroll, 58, of Poolville.

Lopatesky, who was 16 at the time of the alleged offense but is 17 now, had been certified to stand trial as an adult in a hearing before 43rd District Court Judge Craig Towson earlier on Thursday.

Ordinarily, the names of juvenile offenders are not public information, however, the names become public information when their cases were transferred to the adult system for criminal prosecution.

According to testimony at the hearing, Lopatesky drove away from the scene of the accident without stopping, but did return about two hours later with her mother. Upon her return, the Hudson Oaks PD Detective that interviewed her did not notice any odor of alcohol on Lopatesky or any signs of intoxication, according to his testimony at the hearing. Her blood alcohol, taken some hours later, was 0.00.