Litwin trial focuses on moments immediately before and after accident that claimed 2 little girls.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


The second day of testimony in the trial of Alyssa Litwin focused almost solely on what transpired immediately before and after the accident that claimed the lives of two little girls - five-year-old Codie and nine-month-old Charli Sackett.


Jurors heard testimony from two DPS troopers who worked the scene of the accident, which took place on the afternoon of Dec. 3, 2018 on U.S. Hwy. 281 just north of Morgan Mill.

They also listened to 9-1-1 calls from motorists reporting the accident and watched body camera footage from troopers working the scene.


Litwin was traveling in a dually pickup with her young son and another child when she rammed into the back of Sackett’s vehicle as she was preparing to turn.

Sackett’s vehicle was pushed into the other lane and struck by oncoming traffic. Both children died at the scene and their mother was transported by air to a Fort Worth hospital.


Tuesday’s testimony revealed that soon after the crash, troopers approached Litwin to ask what happened.

Video played for the jury showed Litwin telling Trooper Becker that everything was a “blur” and that she remembers driving down the highway when she was suddenly struck by another vehicle.


“I think they came into my lane, then we hit head on,” she said, adding just moments later, “but I was not on my phone.”

After a blood sample was taken from Litwin, a trooper confiscated her cell phone and she admitted to deleting a string of text messages she said she wanted to keep private.


Litwin is charged with two counts of manslaughter, four counts of endangering a child, aggravated assault and tampering with evidence. She has pleaded not guilty.


Litwin is being represented by Stephenville attorneys Shay Isham and Ryan Taylor.