Hunter White, the driver of a vehicle involved in the May 1, 2017 highway crash that resulted in the death of beloved former Glen Rose teacher Rhonda Cagle, has been sentenced to five years probation in connection with the incident.
Court records show that on Sept. 25 in Judge Wayne Bridewell’s 249th District Court in Cleburne, White was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to that charge. White also pleaded guilty to a separate state jail felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, Penalty Group 1, less than 1 gram, and was ordered into a Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility (SAFPF) — a rehabilitation program within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
SAFP is in lieu of prison or state jail time for criminal offenders in Texas who are identified as needing substance abuse treatment, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice website. SAFP includes a six-month in-prison treatment program, followed by up to three months of residential aftercare in a transitional treatment center (TTC), six to nine months of outpatient aftercare and up to 12 months of support groups and follow-up supervision.
Three passengers were in White’s vehicle at the time of the crash including Chelsea Bell, who suffered a brain injury and is still going through what has been an extensive physical rehab process.
White and Bell, along with her brothers Brandon Bell and Braydon Bell, were Godley residents on their way to school that morning at Brazos River Charter School east of Glen Rose, near Nemo.
All five were flown to a Fort Worth hospital, where Cagle was pronounced dead.
White, who was 17 at the time of the crash, was arrested on the criminally negligent homicide charge on Nov. 14.
Cagle’s daughter, Cristin Boulter of Cypress, told the Glen Rose Reporter after White’s arrest, “It feels like a little justice. On behalf of our whole family, our mom was everything to us. This has changed our lives forever. We want justice for her, in the right way.”
The state’s penalty for a state jail felony offense ranges from not less than 180 days in state jail to no more than two years.
The DPS accident report states that Cagle’s vehicle was eastbound on U.S. 67 when it struck the vehicle White was driving because White “failed to yield the right of way” as he “attempted to turn onto CR (County Road) 1119.”
Cagle taught in the Glen Rose ISD for 31 years and retired in 2010.