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Fatal Crash in Texas Involves Colorado Senator

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CrashAuthorities in Texas are currently investigating a fatal auto accident that involved Colorado state Sen. Suzanne Williams. Williams, according to her website, is in her second term in the state Senate after serving eight years in the House of Representatives. She is also the only legislator who is a registered Native American in Colorado, and serves as the chairwoman for the Democratic Caucus.

Kirk Williams, a reporter for The Denver Post, rings us a description of the collision:

The crash happened about 6:30 p.m. Sunday on two-lane U.S. 385 near the Panhandle town of Channing when Williams’ 2010 Honda CR-V veered into the southbound traffic lane and hit a GMC Yukon driven by Eric Gomez of Amarillo.

Gomez’ wife Brianna and two children were passengers. Eric Gomez and his two children were treated at the hospital. Everyone in the Gomez family were wearing seat belts.

When Eric Gomez saw a car in his lane he didn’t have room to avoid the crash on the right side where guardrails were close to the edge of the road so he swerved sharply left to get around Williams’ car. At the same time, Williams apparently recognized the peril and swerved in the same direction and they struck head on, Medrano said.

‘They steered into each other and struck in the middle of the road,’ he said.

The car accident proved fatal for Brianna Gomez. Amazingly, the medics were able to save her unborn child. Michael Martinez, reporting for CNN, brings us the details:

Physicians were able to deliver the woman’s baby boy by C-section, and he was listed in critical condition in Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Texas. His mother, Brianna Michelle Gomez, 30, of Amarillo was pronounced dead seven hours after the accident, authorities said.

Coverage of the accident is sure to be extensive considering the political stature of Williams. At this point, alcohol is not suspected as being a contributing factor. Additionally, at the time of this writing, there has been no word from officials on whether Williams will have any charges or tickets as a result of the crash.

The collision involving Williams is ironic. She was instrumental in the recent tightening of laws about car seats for juvenile passengers. Additionally, during her tenure as vice chairwoman of the state Senate’s Transportation Committee, Williams was extremely vocal in her support of proposed new laws allowing police to stop cars if occupants aren’t wearing seat belts. [Not wearing seat belts is a secondary offense in Colorado.]

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