Weatherford Democrat

December 14, 2013

No indictment in alleged road rage fatality


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE

A Parker County grand jury last month declined to indict a driver involved in a July 11 wreck that left a woman dead and two children injured.

Penny Joyner, 50, of Springtown, died shortly after the Kia passenger car she was driving was hit by an SUV driven by Cindy Dalton Harner, 48, also of Springtown. 

Witnesses described what they believed to be a possible road rage incident between another car and Harner’s SUV, reported to be swerving and driving fast in the eastbound lanes of State Highway 199 before crossing the median and striking the westbound Kia, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

Harner denied instigating the incident, claiming she was the victim of a road rage incident.

Harner told the Democrat she had cruise control set when another vehicle swerved into her lane and made an obscene gesture at her.

Harner said she swerved to avoid the car but over-corrected and crossed into westbound traffic.

“Their return of the no bill concludes our examination of this case, which was clearly a tragedy regardless of whether or not there was any criminal behavior,” Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain said.