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One sunny spring morning, on a rural road just outside of Houston, Texas, Molly Jackson, a vibrant 16-year-old girl with a bright future and a new driver’s license, was behind the wheel of her father’s brand new Chevrolet C2500 crew cab pickup truck. At the same time, just seven seconds before she would draw her last breath, Rhonda Simmons, a 46-year old divorced mother of two teenagers, was approaching from the opposite direction in her sleek and sporty Pontiac Trans Am.

The freshly paved, two-lane county road with a 55-mph speed limit was so newly resurfaced that fog lines delineating the edge of the pavement had not yet been painted. The center of the road was designated only by small, reflective yellow tabs, spaced 10 feet apart. Neither Simmons nor Jackson could foresee how their lives would change forever in mere seconds — one leaving this earth and the other, living with the burden of another person’s death and facing criminal indictment.

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