A convicted drunk driver is free after serving seven years in prison for two counts of intoxication manslaughter.
Reginald Stephey Jr. was released from the Huntsville State Prison Unit at about 8:45 Tuesday morning.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Michelle Lyons said Stephey was given $100 and a bus voucher.
Stephey didn't need the voucher. He was greeted by family members but declined an interview.
In 1999, Stephey -- then 18 years old -- was driving drunk from a party when he crashed head-on into a car on RM 2222 outside Austin.
Two young women died and three were injured including then 20-year-old Jacqui Saburido. Saburido had just moved from Venezuela to Texas to learn English.
Saburido suffered third-degree burns on 60 percent of her body, including her face.
Today, Saburido is the face behind the Texas Department of Transportation's anti-drinking and driving campaign.
Last month, TxDOT interviewed her for a documentary.
"I don't hate him. I don't feel bad because he's out and he can
reconstruct his life again. I think just like, wow. Nine years. That's the only thing that I think," Saburido said.
Saburido has always maintained a forgiving attitude. She continues to travel between her hometown in Venezuela to
Kentucky for medical treatment.
Wednesday, News 8 Austin's Veronica Castelo will bring you
more of her interview and others' reaction to Stephey's release.