Drunk Driving Accident in Lubbock Kills One

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 5-Dec-2011

A fatal rear-ending accident on Saturday afternoon resulted in felony intoxication manslaughter charges against a Texas man, a Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney said.

According to police reports, 43-year-old Rodolfo Perez Jr. admitted to consuming 12 or more beers before the drunk driving accident in Lubbockoccurred.

The collision killed 42-year-old Steve Allen Gossett near the intersection of U.S. 84 and Frankford Ave., Department of Public Safety trooper said.

Although the drunk driving accident ended tragically, the occurrence wasn’t the first time Perez had been in trouble for drinking and driving. Perez had previously been convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas and received a conviction for failure to stop and render aid following a different accident, DPS said.

Transported to University Medical Center via ambulance, Perez experienced moderate injuries as a result of the rear-ending accident. Both Perez and Gossett were wearing seatbelts and no one else was involved or injured in the crash.

The penalty for intoxication manslaughter in Texas carries a sentence ranging from two years in prison to 20 years in prison. Fines associated with intoxication manslaughter cannot exceed $10,000.

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