UPDATED STORY: Investigation continues into wreck that killed pregnant mom
UPDATE Dec. 29: Hospital officials say that the baby boy who was delivered by cesarean section after a fatal wreck Sunday night remains in critical condition at this time.
The memorial service for the baby's mother, Brianna Gomez, was held Wednesday afternoon at Hillside Christian Church. Brianna died early Monday morning after the car she and her family were in was struck by the vehicle of Colorado Sen. Suzanne Williams.
UPDATE 2:15: DENVER (AP) - Colorado state Sen. Suzanne Williams says a car crash that injured her son and two grandchildren and killed a pregnant woman in Texas is a burden she will carry the rest of her life.
"I cannot express the horror, sadness and grief I feel for an accident that will change forever the lives of a young family," Williams said in a statement Tuesday.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said 30-year-old Brianna Michelle Gomez, of Amarillo, Texas, died after Williams' SUV veered into oncoming traffic on Sunday night and collided with her family's vehicle. Her baby boy was delivered by cesarean section and remains in critical condition.
Williams' son, 41-year-old Todd Williams, was in serious condition Tuesday at Northwest Texas Hospital. His 3-year-old son Tristan was in satisfactory condition but his 7-year-old brother, Tyler, has been released, hospital spokeswoman Caytie Martin said.
Gomez' husband and two children were treated and released.
Texas State Trooper Gabriel Medrano said the 65-year-old senator was driving a 2010 Honda CRV northbound on U.S. 385 in Hartley County when she veered into southbound traffic "for an unknown reason" and collided with a 2003 GMC Yukon in which Gomez was riding.
Neither Williams' son nor her grandsons were wearing seat belts.
Williams sponsored legislation this year to increase fines on all drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts, but agreed to amend her bill to apply only to children not properly restrained in car seats after Republicans claimed it would violate the civil rights of drivers.
Williams didn't immediately return a telephone call seeking further comment Tuesday.
Rep. Nancy Todd, D-Aurora, said she spoke with Williams on Monday night and Williams told her that she has "a blurred memory" of the accident.
She said the family told her Todd Williams unbuckled his seat belt and climbed into the back seat to put pajamas on his children, who were also unbuckled so he could put them to bed for the long drive to Colorado. Todd said it only took a moment of distraction and Williams deeply regrets the tragedy.
"She has been a real fighter for real change, with the protection and safety of children foremost in her mind. The fact that her children and grandchildren were endangered will be something she will use to make others realize how important seat belts are," Todd said.
Todd said Williams was taking her family to Vail to go skiing over the holidays.
Williams told the Senate Transportation Committee at a hearing on her bill in February that parents have to set an example by using seat belts.
"We are the models, the adults are the models for these children. If you have children or grandchildren of your own as I do, you know that they don't buckle up," she told the committee.
State Sen. Kevin Lundberg, a Republican from Berthoud, said he is a distant relative of the woman killed in the crash. He said he got a call from his cousin, Brad Lundberg of Tyler, Texas, telling him that his niece had been killed in a car crash that also involved a Colorado state senator.
"It gets sobering when you can see a tragedy like this from both sides," Lundberg said.
Associated Press writer Colleen Slevin contributed to this report.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
UPDATE Tuesday, December 28: DENVER (AP) - A friend of Colorado state Sen. Suzanne Williams says Williams has a "blurred memory" of a crash north of Amarillo, Texas on Sunday that left a pregnant woman dead and her baby in critical condition.
Williams' son and grandsons, who weren't wearing seat belts, were injured after Williams' SUV veered into oncoming traffic and collided with another.
Texas authorities said 30-year-old Brianna Michelle Gomez, of Amarillo, Texas, died. Her baby boy was delivered by cesarean section.
Williams' friend, state Rep. Nancy Todd, said she spoke with Williams Monday. She said the senator's son, Todd, had removed his seat belt and climbed into the backseat to put pajamas on his children.
Williams has advocated for stricter seat belt regulations in Colorado.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
UPDATED INFORMATION: A head on collision between two vehicles near Channing leaves Brianna Michelle Gomez dead.
Gomez was pregnant and a C-section was performed at Northwest Texas Healthcare Hospital.
A baby boy was born and is currently listed in critical condition at the NWTH.
Mrs. Gomez was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 27 at NWTH.
On Dec. 26 at about 6:30 p.m. a 2010 Honda CRV driven by Suzanne Williams of Aurora, CO was traveling northbound on US 385; traveling southbound on US 385 was a 2003 GMC Yukon driven by Eric James Gomez of Amarillo.
The vehicle Mrs. Williams was driving veered into southbound traffic for an unknown reason. Mr. Gomez then took evasive action in an attempt to avoid the collision veering to his left.
The two vehicles then collided head on in the center of the roadway.
The Honda came to rest on the southbound shoulder facing southeast. The GMC came to rest on its drivers side facing northeast on the northbound shoulder. All occupants of the two vehicles were taken to Northwest Texas Hospital.
Brianna Gomez was the front right passenger of the GMC and was flown via life star to Northwest Texas Hospital.
Occupants of vehicles and injuries are as follows.
Honda: Driver: Suzanne Williams, 65, Aurora CO; Treated and released, seatbelt worn
Todd Edward Williams, 41, Denver CO; Stable NWTH, seatbelt not worn, Ejected
Tristan Williams, 3, Denver CO; Stable NWTH, seatbelt not worn
Tyler Williams, 7, Denver CO; Stable NWTH, seatbelt not worn, Ejected
GMC: Driver: Eric James Gomez, 30, Amarillo TX; Treated and released, seatbelt worn
Mali Elise Gomez, 6, Amarillo TX; Treated and released, seatbelt worn
Eleri Kate Gomez, 4, Amarillo TX; Treated and released, seatbelt worn
Brianna Michelle Gomez, 30, Amarillo TX; Deceased, seatbelt worn
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