Driver in Deadly Crash Was Going Over 40mph Over Speed Limit
30-year-old Gabriel Zerrata, who has been charged with manslaughter in connection to a deadly crash that happened on Saturday, January 16th, is said to have been going over 40mph over the speed limit when the crash happened.
KAMC News reports that Zerrata was heading north in an SUV on University Avenue in Lubbock when he collided with a passenger car, which was driven by 19-year-old Texas Tech student Jessica Helmers, who was eastbound on the Marsha Sharp Freeway access road.
Crash data from Zerrata's vehicle that police obtained indicated he was going over 70mph right before the crash. It's also said he was not wearing a seat belt and didn't try to break before the crash.
It was also deduced that Helmers would have had a green light to go through the intersection where the collision occurred, meaning Zerrata would have had a red light.
An officer was actually stopped near the intersection when the crash occurred, around 2 a.m., and dashcam from the patrol vehicle captured the collision.
Zerrata told police right after the crash occurred that he had been drinking at a local bar before the crash happened. He told officers that he had been drinking at Skooners Grill & Bar.
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