State Rep. Naomi Gonzalez, D-El Paso, will apologize on the House floor today just a few days after car accident for which she is now facing charges of driving while intoxicated.
Gonzalez, 34, was released from Travis County Jail Thursday for allegedly being drunk as she crashed her BMW into a Fiat at about 2 a.m. at the intersection of Barton Springs and Congress in Austin. The Fiat then hit a bicyclist. A male passenger in the Fiat, the woman cyclist and Gonzalez were all taken to area hospitals but none suffered serious injuries, according to information from police and EMS officials
On Monday, Gonzalez gave her first interview since her arrest to the El Paso Times.
“One of the things that I do want to say is that anyone who knows me knows that the people who were involved in the accident were of my concern and continue to be of concern to me,” Gonzalez said. “That does weigh very heavily on me and I keep them in my thoughts and in my prayers. I am very sorry about that and very grateful that no one was seriously injured.”
Below are her prepared statements for the House floor:
“Last week, a collision occurred as I was driving my car, alone, to my apartment. While I’m limited in what I can say about the accident until the legal issues are resolved, I want to be clear about this: I made a mistake and I’m deeply sorry for it. I regret the accident and I apologize to the other parties involved. I am grateful that no one was seriously injured. To them and to you—my family, friends, colleagues and Constituents—I ask for your understanding and I pledge to you that nothing like it will happen again."
Stay tuned for more updates.