GUADALUPE COUNTY — The man accused of killing a Gonzales girl in an alcohol-related accident last year is in a San Antonio hospital after being a passenger in a vehicle that authorities say may have been driven by a drunk driver.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Robert Haiyasoso said Cody Lorenz, 21, was one of four occupants of a vehicle that wrecked Saturday evening on Schuenemann Road.
“It appears that the vehicle crossed into the opposite lane and over corrected, causing the vehicle to go into a side skid, drive off the road and hit a tree,” Haiyasoso said after reading the report.
The report also stated that the driver is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving at an unsafe speed.
Lorenz sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken by AirLife to San Antonio Military Medical Center for treatment where he was reportedly in ICU.
The driver, Jayson Sponable, and the other two victims signed refusals for treatment and transport, officials said.
Haiyasoso said the accident is under investigation and the driver could face a charge of indoxication assault.
Lorenz was arrested and charged with murder in the December 29, 2011 death of Amber Robbins.
Lorenz is suspected of driving while intoxicated, third offense, the night that his truck crashed into the vehicle Robbins was driving.
Bond was originally set at $250,000 by Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Darrell Hunter and later reduced by Second 25th District Judge W.C. “Bud” Kirkendall.
Lorenz was released on bond June 28, 2012 on $125,000 bond with the condition of wearing a SCRAM alcohol monitoring device, said 25th Judicial District Attorney Heather McMinn.
“The defendant was involved in an accident as a passenger of the vehicle that rolled and sustained serious injuries,” she said.
Lorenz’s trail is set for Oct. 8, 2012.
“We are still seeking to go forward with the trial in October,” McMinn said.