Woman accused of killing 8-year-old girl in DUI crash out of jail

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Suspected drunk driver released from jail after deadly crash arrest, Tracy Clemons reports. (KTRK)

The woman who rear-ended a family and killed an 8-year-old girl in League City was not only legally drunk, but took a blood alcohol test showing she was three times the legal limit, according to police.

Erika Diebel, 41, of League City, was arrested on a charge of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle. She was released from jail late Thursday evening after posting bond.


The charge stems from the wreck on April 6 which resulted in the death of Kelsey Nalepa.



Investigators say Kelsey was riding in a car with her parents on West Main Street when they were hit from behind by a vehicle driven by Diebel.

"The probable cause indicated that she was intoxicated," said League City Police public information officer Kelly Williamson.

Court documents show a blood sample taken from Diebel shortly after the wreck measured her blood alcohol content at .249 -- over three times the legal limit for someone behind the wheel.

Investigators have not said where Diebel was drinking prior to the wreck.

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Police say woman arrested after driving drunk and killing an 8-year-old girl in League City.



"It's disgusting," said Ross Elementary parent Heather Valarino.

Kelsey was in third grade at the school. Outside the campus, a memorial continues to grow, as does frustration over drunk driving.

"This is what Uber is for. So many other options than to get in a car," said Valarino.

Attorney Alton C. Todd issued a statement following the arrest, on behalf of Kelsey Nalepa's parents:

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