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Texas State Student Pleads Guilty in Drunk Driving Crash that Kill Young Dad, Unborn Child


Glass of dark liquor on a table next to a car key.

A student at Texas State University pleaded guilty Monday to a drunk driving accident that killed a young dad and caused the stillbirth of his unborn child.

Details of the Tragic Texas Crash

The fatal crash occurred on August 2, 2016 when a Chevrolet Impala driven by Shana Elliott, 21 at the time, collided head-on with another vehicle on State Highway 21. The collision killed 23-year-old Fabian Guerrero Moreno and injured his pregnant wife, Kristian Nicole Guerrero.

Kirstian was rushed to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center where doctors induced labor in order to save her child’s life. An ultrasound initially revealed that her baby’s heart was still beating; however, a second ultrasound found that the baby no longer had a heartbeat and had died in the womb.

According to KXAN, police at the scene were told by a witness that a woman in a bikini, later identified as Elliott, had rolled a bottle of alcohol under a vehicle. Upon being questioned, Elliott told police that she had consumed beer and liquor prior the collision while tubing on the San Marcos River.

Test showed that Elliott’s blood alcohol content was .199 – more than twice the legal limit.

Drunk Driver Pleads Guilty

On Monday, Elliott pleaded guilty to two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault. The jury has been instructed to return a guilty verdict and determine Elliott’s sentence.

During the trial, jurors were shown police video of Elliott struggling with a sobriety test.

Investigators also revealed that they found meth, marijuana, and heroin in Elliott’s home.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,773 people were killed in Texas traffic accidents in 2016, marking a 5.45% increase from the 3,578 deaths reported in 2015.
  • 638 of the deaths reported in 2016 were attributed to head-on collision.
  • Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 987 traffic deaths, accounting for roughly 26% of all Texas traffic fatalities.
  • An additional 264,076 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2016.
  • Based on reportable data for 2016, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in a traffic accident every 2 hours and 20 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 1 minute and 59 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 57 seconds.

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced Corpus Christi car accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve.

Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to our office, we can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at work.

 

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