Lubbock Doctor Charged With Intoxication Manslaughter
Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 31-Aug-2011
A recent car accident resulting in the death of 19-year-old Samantha Martinez and serious injury of Dawnyelle Rios, 18, provoked intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault charges of the vehicle’s driver, Lubbock authorities said.
The driver, Dr. David Patricio Gonzales-Gibler, 31, had blood alcohol levels almost double the state’s legal limit, according to Texas Department of Public Safety officers. Gozales-Gibler was arrested on felony charges at his mother’s house in Laredo, Texas.
At 2:30 a.m. Aug. 14, Gonzales-Gibler and the two girls were traveling along North Loop 289 when his car veered, hitting a guardrail and flipping from the overpass. Martinez was pronounced dead at the scene, Lubbock authorities said.
Gonzales-Gibler, a resident at the University Medical Center, was injured in the crash, but checked out of the hospital against doctor recommendations. His blood alcohol level was .14 percent on the morning of the accident, Lubbock Police Sgt. John Hayes noted. The Texas legal limit is .08 percent.
Police say the teens met Gonzales-Gibler the evening before the accident at a bar in the Depot Entertainment District, where they visited several locations serving alcohol throughout the night. Though the alcohol levels of Martinez have not yet been revealed, officials said Rios was intoxicated when the crash occurred.
A 2008 graduate from the Lubbock medical school, Gonzales-Gibler completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas, El Paso, according to his Texas Tech Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) website profile.
“TTUHSC has not been officially informed about the arrest of Dr. David Patricio Gonzalez-Gibler, however, our continued thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved in this tragic accident,” the center’s director of communications and marketing, Mary Croyle stated.
Gonzales-Gibler is being held in a Laredo jail, said authorities.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every 50 minutes, someone in the U.S. is killed by a drunk driver. In addition, one person is injured in an intoxication manslaughter every minute.