Amarillo PD: Teenager bought, was served booze locally before fatal I-40 wreck

Amarillo PD: Teenager bought, was served booze locally before fatal I-40 wreck
Arizona family of 12 involved in deadly crash in Texas, 2 dead
nAmarillo police said a drunk teenager who allegedly caused a deadly wreck earlier this week was able to buy alcohol at a local store and had been served some at a local establishment before the crash.

Banbury was arrested on two counts of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle and two counts of intoxication assault with a vehicle.

APD’s Traffic Followup Unit has shared its findings with other investigating agencies and is following up with the businesses, which APD did not name, to determine how Banbury was able to purchase alcohol while underage.

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code 106.03 states that a person commits a Class A misdemeanor if they sell an alcoholic beverage to a minor.

An offender can be sentenced to up to a year in jail, be fined up to $4,000, or both.

Police said after being served, Banbury was driving a blue Ford F-250 pickup east on Interstate 40 just west of the Pullman Road overpass when he hit the back of a gold 2005 Chevrolet van driving in the middle lane just before 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The van, which was carrying a family of 12 from Arizona, rolled several times, APD said.

The girl and a 50-year-old man were pronounced dead at the scene by Potter County Justice of the Peace Thomas Jones, and police said four other passengers in the van were taken to Northwest Texas Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

In a written statement provided by Northwest Texas Healthcare System, the family thanked the Texas Panhandle community for its support after the crash.

“Our family would like to thank you for all of the support, love and most especially the prayers that are being felt,” the statement reads. “We are mourning our losses and praising God for His many blessings. The people here in Texas have been overwhelmingly generous, supportive and are truly lifting our entire family up in this time of great need. It has been remarkably inspiring.

“We appreciate your respect for our continued privacy. Some of the kids have a very long road to a full recovery and the very best thing you can do for us is pray for healing. This tragic event is an opportunity for God’s love to shine through in the gravest of circumstances.”

Those wishing to support the family can donate money at Amarillo National Bank using the keywords Arizona Family, according to Northwest Texas Healthcare.

The family was from Mesa and was starting a new life in Arkansas when the accident occurred.

Kevin and Dyan Gay were en route to Arkansas to look for a new home when they were hit by an alleged drunk driver in Amarillo.

According to Amarillo police, two family members, a 50-year-old man and an 11-year-old girl were pronounced dead at the scene. Three other passengers were transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the van, a 41-year-old woman, sustained non-life threatening injuries. 

The crash happened at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, on Interstate 40 near Amarillo. When officers arrived on the scene, they found two vehicles involved in the wreck. 

According to police, the family's van was traveling eastbound in the middle lane, when a truck traveling at a high-rate of speed hit the back of the van.

The impact of the crash caused the van to leave the roadway, rolling before it came to a rest on the side of an I-40 access road. 

The pickup continued driving, hitting a guard rail and going down an embankment before coming to a stop on the access road. 

The driver of the truck, 19-year-old Adam Banbury, was booked into the Potter County Detention Center for intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle and intoxication assault with a vehicle. 

The grandfather of the Valley family talked exclusively with ABC15 on Friday about the crash. 

"Of course he'll go to jail, go to prison, but that doesn't help my family," he said of Banbury. "I don't have time to be angry. We've got too much to do. We've got too much healing to do."


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