Colo. lawmaker in wreck that kills pregnant Texan
CHANNING, Texas – A vehicle driven by Colorado state Sen. Suzanne Williams collided with another on a Texas highway, killing a pregnant woman from Amarillo, the Department of Public Safety said.
Williams, of Aurora, was treated at Northwest Texas Hospital and has been released, Trooper Gabriel Medrano said Monday.
He said the woman who died was 30-year-old Brianna Michelle Gomez and her baby boy was in critical condition after being delivered via cesarean section.
Medrano said the 65-year-old senator was driving northbound on U.S. 385 in Hartley County when she veered onto southbound traffic “for an unknown reason” and collided with the vehicle in which Gomez was riding.
Three occupants in Williams’ vehicle were hospitalized and had been listed as stable earlier Monday. They were Todd Edward Williams, 41, Tyler Williams, 7 and Tristan Williams, 3.
Williams’ husband, Ed, told the Aurora Sentinel that the occupants are his son and grandchildren.
“She’s doing all right, but our son isn’t,” he told the newspaper. “Our grandkids are out of the hospital now.”
Medrano said the driver of the car Williams collided with, Eric James Gomez, 30, also from Amarillo, was treated and released from Northwest Texas Hospital. Two children in the car, Mali Elise Gomez, 6, and Eleri Kate Gomez, 4 were also released from that hospital.
Eric Gomez veered to try to avoid the collision with Williams but the cars crashed head-on in the center of the road, Medrano said. Williams was driving a 2010 Honda CRV and Gomez was in a 2003 GMC Yukon.
The lawmaker told KUSA-TV that she doesn’t remember much from the accident.
“It’s a tragedy that I now have a personal experience with a highway accident,” Williams told the television station by phone from Texas. “It’s been very traumatic.”
Authorities said Williams was wearing a seat belt but her passengers weren’t. Everyone in the Yukon were wearing seat belts.
Colorado Senate President Brandon Shaffer issued a statement Monday saying, “This was a horrific accident.”
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of life and my thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved,” he said.
It was not immediately known whether charges would be filed for the crash.
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