Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Convicted TX Tow Truck Driver Released

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HOUSTON - A tow truck driver, charged in the 2006 deaths of an elderly husband and wife, has been released after spending two years in jail.

Sergio Gonzalez, 41, reached a plea deal to reduce the two counts of criminally negligent homicide to a misdemeanor offense, according to the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

Police said that Gonzalez slammed his tow truck into Leon and Maureen Roberson's sport utility vehicle one night after they left an October 2006 church service.

Gonzalez was driving 90 mph, which was 45 mph more than the speed limit, according to investigators. He was later taken to Ben Taub hospital where police said he was tested for alcohol.

The Robersons were killed in the accident.

The case drew attention from Houston Mayor Bill White, who wanted to know how Gonzalez became a licensed wrecker driver under the city's Safe Clear program. Records indicated that Gonzalez was convicted several times of drunk driving as well as assault and theft.

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