Two highway fatalities reported over weekend


On Friday, Nov. 30 at about 8:20 p.m., the Gonzales Police Department was dispatched to a vehicle crash on U.S. 183 S. near J.B. Wells Park. Patrol Officer Kalina arrived on scene while the driver of the vehicle was being attended to by an off-duty nurse. Gonzales County EMS arrived a short time later and determined the driver had no vital signs.

During the initial investigation, Officer Kalina observed the driver appeared to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound and found a handgun on the floor board of the truck. Justice of the Peace Diedra Voigt arrived on scene and pronounced the driver deceased and ordered an autopsy.

Foul play is not suspected in the incident. Gonzales Police Chief Tim Crow said he’s waiting on the medical examiner’s report to complete the investigation.

On Sunday, Dec. 2 at about 6:34 p.m., the Gonzales Police Department responded to a call of a vehicle-pedestrian accident near the 1300 block of Water St. Upon arrival, Patrol Officer Salles observed EMS already on scene and treating a male subject laying on the street. The investigation revealed the pedestrian was not crossing at a crosswalk or an intersection when he was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound on the inside lane. The driver stated he looked at his radio then up at the road and saw the pedestrian in front of his vehicle. The driver attempted to avoid hitting the pedestrian but was unable to do so.

Justice of the Peace Voigt arrived the scene and pronounced the pedestrian deceased and ordered an autopsy.