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Forney, Texas - Margarita Bottello and Yazmin Villagomez Martinez Killed in Tragic DUI Crash, 3rd Person Injured

US-80 and Gateway Boulevard in Forney
Published: January 22, 2020
By: Joe LaFrance
Last Updated on December 14, 2020

2 Dead, 1 Injured in Intoxication Manslaughter Crash at Intersection of US-80 and Gateway Boulevard

Two people were killed and a third was injured but is expected to survive after a suspected intoxication manslaughter crash at the intersection of the eastbound US-80 service road and Gateway Boulevard on Monday morning. The two victims have been identified as Margarita Bottello and Yazmin Villagomez Martinez.

Police say 61-year-old Royce Freebourn was driving southbound on the service road and ran through a stop sign, colliding with a vehicle traveling northbound through the intersection with Gateway Boulevard. Bottello and Martinez were inside of that vehicle.

Freebourn has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.

The intersection was temporarily closed while investigators were at the scene and reopened at around 4:30 p.m.

Anyone with information regarding this crash has been asked to call the Forney Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 972-564-7607.

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Legal Rights of Drunk Driving Crash Victims and Their Families in Texas

Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan stands by families in times of tragedy, helping them get the financial support they need and deserve after losing loved ones in crashes caused by drunk drivers. Here is Marc with some information on the legal rights of families affected by drunk driving crashes in Texas:

Every year, thousands of American families are left to grieve for loved ones lost in drunk driving crashes. These families deserve justice, answers, and financial support for their pain, suffering, and financial setbacks. Drunk driving crash victims and the families of those lost in fatal crashes may have multiple options for securing the financial compensation they need and deserve.

Drunk drivers can be held directly liable for injuries and deaths they've caused if victims and their families file personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits. Additionally, Texas and many other states have dram shop laws which allow alcohol vendors to be held liable for serving drunk drivers, depending on the circumstances of the crash.

According to dram shop laws in Texas, an alcohol vendor can be held liable for injuries or deaths caused by a customer if:

  • alcohol was provided to a minor under 18 years old, or
  • alcohol was provided to a customer who was "obviously intoxicated" at the time it was provided, and
  • the intoxication was a foreseeable cause of injuries or death.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed after being hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your family's legal options in a free consultation with one of our dedicated drunk driving victims lawyers.


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