Man Indicted for Crash That Killed DPD Officer

A man accused of hitting Dallas police officer Mitchell Penton with his car and killing him in February has been indicted on a felony charge, court records indicate.

Penton

Phillip Bernard Mabry Jr., 32, was indicted May 3 on a complaint of felony intoxication manslaughter causing the death of a peace officer. He is accused of hitting Penton’s car at a high rate of speed, causing the car to strike Penton, who was directing traffic early in the morning of February 13.

Penton had been on the scene of an earlier accident at U.S. Highway 75 near Walnut Hill Lane.

At the time of the incident, Dallas police said Mabry’s four-door Kia Forte hit Penton, who the department said was an officer trainee, while he was standing outside his marked patrol vehicle with its emergency lights on.

He was taken to Baylor University Medical Center, where he died of his injuries, police said.

The department said Penton joined the department on Feb. 6, 2019, and was assigned to the Northeast Patrol Division.

If convicted, Mabry faces five years to life in prison.

Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, Digital Editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the News Leaders Association, the News Product Alliance, and the Online News Association. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at [email protected].

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