Driver, passenger identified in July 16 crash
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:46:05 GMT —
The driver and the passenger of last night's deadly crash have been identified.
On July 16 at approximately 8:44 p.m., an Amarillo police officer was flagged down by a complainant that had seen his stolen Dodge dually truck near Amarillo Blvd. and N. Bonham.
Moments later, the officer located the vehicle along West Amarillo Blvd.
When he attempted to pull the dodge over, the driver fled.
He began to pursue the vehicle. Due to the Dodge's speed and the driver's reckless driving, the officer terminated the pursuit and stopped in the 700 block of N. Van Buren.
The officer was attempting to see if the vehicle would turn off of Van Buren when the pickup's tail lights disappeared.
The officer then drove south on Van Buren and found that the vehicle had crashed in the 100 block of N. Van Buren.
The Dodge dually collided with two empty semi-trailers that were parked there.
The driver, Nick Gonzales, 42, and his passenger, Joachim Adam Gonzalez, 31, both died at the scene as a result of the injuries received in the crash.
Justice of the Peace Nancy Bosquez has ordered an autopsy for both individuals.
It is unknown if alcohol/drugs are factors. Speed is a factor.
The incident is being investigated by the Traffic Investigation Squad of the Amarillo Police Department.