According to the Avalanche Journal, a Tahoka man could spend up to 20 years behind bars for an accident in which he was allegedly driving drunk.
Sammy Carl Williams, 48, is on trial for an accident that resulted in a 10 year-old boy, Nicolas Mata, losing his left leg. Williams is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, intoxication assault, and two counts of failure to stop and render aid.
Williams was driving home from a bar in Lubbock on June 28, 2013 when he collided with a parked Chevrolet Tahoe.
The Mata family had been traveling from their home in Colorado to attend a graduation ceremony in Mexico on that unfortunate summer night.
The family had parked Chevrolet legally on the shoulder of US 87 with the cars emergency flashers on. According to witnesses, Nicolas Mata was in the process of getting into the SUV when Williams struck the vehicle and the child was ejected onto the roadway. Williams fled the scene of the gruesome accident.
Nicolas Mata had most of his left leg ripped off in the collision and had to be flown to University Medical Center in Lubbock for an immediate amputation. He is currently walking with the help of a prosthetic leg. Juan Guzman was in the driver’s seat of the Tahoe and suffered broken ribs with lasting respiratory issues due to the injury.
Williams is not denying that he was intoxicated while driving. When police arrested him, he admitted to having had six beers and was reported as behaving aggressively and rude to officers. He refused to submit to a breathalyzer test but blood was drawn. Laboratory analysis indicated his blood alcohol content was 0.226, nearly three times the legal limit.
Williams, during a police interview, showed no remorse for his actions. He tried to claim that the Mata family was at fault for being on the side of the road and threatened to sue them. When the trial started however, Williams hung his head throughout the prosecution’s evidence presentation.