June 20, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A former finalist in the national Golden Gloves championship was charged with manslaughter in a hit-and-run accident that left a man dead.

Curtis Lee Meeks Jr., 24, turned himself in Wednesday after police issued a warrant for his arrest, charging him with manslaughter in the death of Jose Fuentes-Reyes, 28. Meeks was released on $15,000 bond.

Manslaughter is a second-degree felony. Meeks faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Police said Meeks on May 2 rear-ended a truck, which included driver Ines Marquez-Morales and three passengers. After information was exchanged, Marquez-Morales jumped in the back seat of Meek's car, according to the affidavit.

Meeks began to take off and Marquez-Morales jumped out. As he accelerated, Meeks struck Marquez-Morales' son. Meeks said he thought he was going to be robbed and he didn't know he had hit Fuentes-Reyes, the affidavit said. He did not report the incident to police.

Meeks, a light welterweight professional boxer, was a finalist in the national Golden Gloves championship in 2001.

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