Texas Police Officer Was DWI When Killed in Wrong-Way Crash With Big Rig
Rosenberg, TX – An off-duty Texas police officer killed in a wrong-way crash with a big rig late last year was under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs at the time of the fatal incident.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) announced in a statement this week it had completed its investigation into the fatal crash of a Houston Police Department (HPD) officer on December 19, 2019.
Gizele Solorio, 32, was an officer with HPD when she was killed after the vehicle she was driving collided head-on with an 18-wheeler.
The accident occurred just before 6:30 a.m. on Interstate 10 West near Sealey.
At the time of the crash, investigators said Solorio was driving her Toyota Tacoma eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-10 when she struck a tractor-trailer head-on.
TxDPS identified the driver of the semi as 65-year-old Guy Pearson.
Authorities reveal Pearson attempted to swerve in attempts to avoid a collision, but was unable to do so.
Pearson was driving a 2018 Kenworth belonging to Joplin, MO-based CFI.
He was uninjured in the accident.
Given the nature of the incident, it was widely suspected Solorio was impaired at the time of the crash, though TxDPS said at the time there were “no obvious signs of intoxication.”
However, based on toxicology reports received in May 2020, TxDPS troopers concluded “that Solorio was intoxicated at the time of the collision.”
Investigators determined this was a contributing factor in this crash.
Local news outlet ABC13 reported Solorio’s blood alcohol level was .16 — double the legal limit.
Additionally, an anti-depressant called Citalopram was found in her system.
The toxicology report was conducted by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Upon the release of information, HPD’s Chief Art Acevedo issued a statement that said in part:
“We are saddened to learn the results of the TxDPS-led investigation into the death of Officer Gizelle Solorio… HPD takes driving while intoxicated very seriously, as is reflected in the increased DWI arrests made last year.”
HPD said Solorio was an officer with HPD for about two and a half years prior to her death.
Photos courtesy HPD and KHOU11