Colorado Senator Involved in Fatal Texas Crash
Colorado State Senator Suzanne Williams (D-Aurora) was involved in a head on collision when her car veered across a Texas highway on Sunday, December 26th. The tragic accident resulted in the death of a pregnant woman in the other vehicle. Amazingly, the baby survived.
Michael Martinez and Divina Mims of CNN reports:
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.
Brianna Michelle Gomez — whose husband and two children survived the accident with minor personal injuries — was actually related to another Colorado Senator, Kevin Lundberg (R-Berthoud). She was his cousin’s niece. Dan Boniface, a reporter for 9News, takes a look at the complex inter-relationships involved in this tragedy:
Lundberg says he found out about the crash through an e-mail from the Colorado Senate, but later received a phone call from a family member alerting him that a member of his family was involved.
‘There will be times to sort out public policy issues surrounding this, but this is not it. This is the time to support the family that has lost a mother, lost a life, and for all those who have been permanently affected by this accident,’ Lundberg told 9NEWS.
Lundberg says he also works very closely with Williams.
‘For four months out of year, we pretty much live together, work side by side, on committees and at the floor. And so, you get to know everybody,’ he said.
According to reports, Williams claims no memory of the immediate events leading up to the fatal accident. Officer Medrano stated in earlier interviews that Williams would be interviewed again about events. While alcohol is not suspected as a factor in the crash, investigators did collect evidence at the scene of the collision, and the investigation is ongoing.
On another note, Williams was a major proponent of seat belt and car safety legislation. Reporters and bloggers are already buzzing about this, since her son and grandson in the car were both ejected due to not wearing seat belts.