Intoxication manslaughter trial begins for man charged in crash that killed 3, unborn child in Smith County

Defendant pleads not guilty to 3 counts of intoxication manslaughter

Intoxication manslaughter trial begins for man charged in crash that killed 3, unborn child in Smith County
Gilberto Gomez (Source: Smith County judicial records)

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An intoxication manslaughter trial is moving forward for a Texas man accused of causing a fiery wreck that killed a couple and their unborn baby.

Gilberto Gomez, 26, was booked into the Smith County jail Feb. 17, days following the fatal two-vehicle wreck that occurred on SH-110, 8 miles west of Lindale.

Opening statements in Gomez’s intoxication manslaughter trial got underway Tuesday in Smith County. Gomez pleaded not guilty to all three counts of intoxication manslaughter.

Prosecutors opened with a brief look at their case against Gomez. The defendant’s defense team countered with arguments against the state’s evidence, including a lack of witnesses, no video evidence of the crash, and whether road and weather conditions could have contributed to the crash. Gomez’s attorneys did not dispute whether their client was intoxicated during the time of the crash.

According to authorities, Gomez was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche along SH-110 when he crossed the double yellow lines into the northbound lane where it struck a 2005 Toyota Camry. Both vehicles were burned in the crash.

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The two passengers in the Toyota Camry, Jaewoong Jang, 34, of Lindale, Mikyung Ji, 29, of Lindale and Ji’s unborn baby were killed in the wreck.

Jaewoong Jang, 34, of Lindale, Mikyung Ji, 29, of Lindale and Ji's unborn baby were killed in the crash.
Jaewoong Jang, 34, of Lindale, Mikyung Ji, 29, of Lindale and Ji's unborn baby were killed in the crash.

A passenger in Gomez’s vehicle, Jeremy Boyd, was also pronounced dead at the scene.

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