In 5 Years, No Trial Yet for Driver Accused in Fatal Crash

Commercial truck driver indicted in death of pregnant woman

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    April 30, 2012, is the fifth anniversary of Leann Selkirk's death in a car crash. A man has been indicted in her death but has yet to face trial. (Published Monday, Apr 30, 2012)

    Editor's Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the commercial truck driver charged in the case. Alberto Espinosa has been charged with criminally negligent homicide. His brother, Gilbert Espinosa, is the owner of the truck company and is not charged in the victim's death.

    The widower of a North Texas teacher who was killed in a car crash five years ago says he is frustrated that the man indicted in her death has yet to face trial.

    LeAnn Selkirk, an Anna Independent School District kindergarten teacher, was killed in a car crash on her way to work on April 30, 2007. She was 18 weeks pregnant.

    A commercial dump truck jackknifed and landed on her car as she was trying to turn when the truck's brakes failed.

    The driver, Alberto Espinosa, was indicted several months later on one count of criminally negligent homicide but has not yet been tried in her death.

    "Now that it's just been drawn out so long, it's just so frustrating," said her husband, Alex Selkirk.

    There have been changes in the judge presiding over the case in the 380th District Court, and five prosecutors have been assigned and reassigned the case, which has had numerous continuances and delays.

    Selkirk said he still sees Espinosa.

    "I see him almost every day driving down the road, and that's hard to see him and know what he took from me," he said.

    Selkirk said he heard the crash from their garden.

    " I heard the accident and then the sirens, and then I left the house and I couldn't get out the way I would normally go, so I had to be detoured," he said. "Little did I know it was her."

    Selkirk soon got a call from his wife's school saying she had not arrived at work. He called a friend, who told him to retrace his wife's drive.

    "The closer I got, I started remembering that accident, and I called my mom, and I told her that she needed to start praying," he said.

    A trial date has been set for July, but Selkirk is bracing for another delay. One of the people running for the 380th District Court judge position is a former prosecutor once assigned to the case. Should he win, he would likely have to recuse himself, which will mean more waiting, Selkirk said.

    "Until this is over one way or another, I can't move past that," Selkirk said.