Both drivers of a two-vehicle accident in 2003 in Brownwood had been drinking beer prior to the wreck, according to police reports and testimony in a 35th District Court trial.
One of the drivers - Juan Lopez, 29, of San Saba - is standing trial this week for intoxication assault.
The accident, which happened at 4:09 a.m. on April 13, 2003, seriously injured Linda Jimenez, 39, of Brownwood, police said.
Lopez was driving a Ford F-150 pickup east on Brady Avenue. The truck entered the intersection with U.S. Highway 377 and collided with a southbound Eagle Talon driven by Robert Perez, 32, of Brownwood. Jimenez was a passenger in the Talon.
Answering prosecutor Ryan Lockerís questions, Perez testified Tuesday that he and Jimenez were co-workers at Kohler and were dating when the accident happened. The two had been at his motherís home for a barbecue, then went to a party near the Brownwood state school, Perez testified.
Perez said they left around 3 a.m. and went to Wal-Mart, and were headed for Jimenezí home when the accident happened. He said he blacked out and doesnít remember the accident, and woke up on a stretcher.
Perez testified he had consumed two beers before the accident - one at the barbecue at his motherís home, and one at the party. He said he was not intoxicated. Jimenez had consumed one beer, he testified.
Lopez and a passenger in the truck Lopez was driving, Christopher Cisneroz, 29, of Brownwood, told police they had just left a party, a police report states. Lopez said he had consumed about six beers over about a five-hour span, the report states.