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Sen. Williams Returns To Capitol After Fatal Crash

DENVER (CBS4/AP) – A Colorado state senator involved in a fatal crash in Texas is vowing to continue working on transportation issues even though she was blocked from leading the Senate’s transportation committee.

Sen. Suzanne Williams returned to the Capitol Wednesday for the new legislative session. She declined to talk about the Dec. 26 crash.

“It’s very good to be back. I have appreciated everyone’s prayers and thoughts over the last couple of weeks during the tragic accident,” Williams said at the Capitol Wednesday.

Investigators say Williams’ SUV drifted into oncoming traffic, killing Brianna Gomez of Amarillo. Gomez was pregnant and her son survived after being delivered by emergency cesarean section.

“My attorney has said that I cannot talk about the case,  but we have a great bonding,” Williams said.

Williams was vice-chair of the transportation committee last year and had been expected to lead it this year. Officials removed her name from consideration following the crash, which remains under investigation.

“She’s been through a horrific tragedy and she needs the time and the space to heal and deal with this and doesn’t need the responsibilities that go along with being the chair of transportation,” Democratic Senate Majority Leader John Morse said.

Williams has been a longtime advocate of child restraint and seat belt laws, but accident reports say her own son and two grandchildren were not properly restrained. Some wonder if the crash could be a distraction from her platform. The crash investigation revealed that the senator put her 3-year-old grandson back in his car seat after he was ejected from the vehicle.

“I am still on the transportation committee, vice chair as I have always been,” Williams said. “That will continue.”

As of Wednesday no charges have been filed.

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  • Preston

    She should be punished just like any other person would be. She shouldn’t get special consideration just because she is a senator. She shouldn’t be allowed to lead the committee as she didn’t even follow the current laws on child restraint and seat belt laws.

  • M Powell

    This shows double standards. Not only has a family lost a mother, wife and daughter, but legally there is a cover up by placing her grandson back in his car seat. I was not aware that the law allows for exemptions of government employees. Shame on everyone who has allowed her to be above the law.

  • Jay Dahl

    Shame on Sen Williams who so quickly tries to put it all behind her, hiding behind her attorney and apparently wanting us all to forget that she killed a young woman in Texas. And shame on the Democratic leaders for not forcing her to resign. This is SO typical of politicians. And they wonder why we place them so low on the trust list.

  • Dan

    Really??? Why is she smiling in all her video and pictures???? Sickening…I hope the VICTIMS family notices how she is appaerantly happy. Her coworkers should stop treating her as if she was the victim……..

  • Jesse

    This is so sad I went to school with Bree and her husband they where great people who had there lives destroyed by a very selfish person who seems so far above the law and moral dignity

  • Ashley

    It is such a sad thing that she goes on and on about how her life has been effected by this accident, but what she seems to have forgotten, was that she killed a young Mother, whose baby boy is fighting for is life right now. We only pray that her son does not meet his mother in heaven just yet.

  • mike

    @ jay. You are allowed to your opinion but not your own facts. By law the leadership can’t force to resign. They can vote her out o the senate by 2/3 vote, but that’s all and they would probably have to wait till charges Are filed. Charges won’t be filed till the grand jury convenes and that could take a month. That has nothing to do with her status but with how the DA in texas(a repub btw decided to persue the case.

    I think the leadership is handling this the best way they can while dealing with this beligerant narcissist

  • Steve

    Grab the torches, lets burn the village and kill the monster……

    • Lynn

      I got it.. but I dont think they burned the village in Frankenstien….just fyi.

  • Steve

    PS, I meant that as a metaphor….(I know I have to explain it so some nut case doesnt think I am threatening, I AM NOT)….as in Frankenstien.

  • justin

    Apparently killing young pregnant women is cool as long your a politician, so we really have no reason to be upset.

  • Jay Dahl

    @Mike – you are correct – I should have said “pressure” rather than force.

  • Gary

    She should simply resign and get her affairs in order for prison time in Texas, a massive law suit by the family of the woman she killed and the baby she left motherless. How dare she try and smile this thing away. She should also be recieving tickets for child endagerment for not having her occupants buckled up and how stupid of her for moving a 3 year old toddler who was thrown from the vehicle back inot a car seat. I wonder what is the charge there? I hope the Grand Jury in Texas put this lady behind bars right away. If any other regular citizen did what she did, they would be sitting in jail right now. Just my opinions as we all have them. And shame on the media for not keeping the public aware of how the baby is doing?

  • Ashley

    @ Gary.. I am a friend of the White/Gomez family, and they have set up a website that they update 1-2 times a day on how Curran is doing. The site is,

    Would you want your baby’s face all over the papers and internet, when he is in NICU fighting for his life? I wouldn’t. They family has just had the most horrible thing happen to them, and all they probably want is to try and move on and help their little man fight and get stronger. Prayers everyday to the Gomez family.

  • Daniello

    I remember reading, in the first article about this crash, a reaction from Sen. Williams. She was saying something like: “Now I have to deal with having an accident on my record…” or something like that. My jaw dropped. How about you have to deal with having taken a life.

    Get this woman out! Then get her into some institution or something.

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