2-Time Drunk Driver Kills 1 In Grand Prairie DWI Crash

GRAND PRAIRIE (CBSDFW.COM) – Grand Prairie Police say a man with two prior drunken driving convictions and no driver’s license is accused of killing a motorist and injuring several others in another drunken driving wreck.

Gustavo Camacho, 31, was behind the wheel despite his convictions Friday night, police say. A spokesman said Camacho slammed into the back of two vehicles that had slowed to a crawl Friday night on Interstate 30 near the construction zone around Highway 161.

32-year-old Shun Jerome Williams was in the back seat of a Nissan Sentra which was struck by the 1993 Ford Ranger Camacho was driving, police say.

Detectives say the impact forced the Nissan into a GMC Yukon, which was carrying three members of the Lara family.

Williams was pronounced dead at an Arlington hospital.

“He was my big brother,” says Antonio Williams, 15, when asked about the collision.  Shun Williams is survived by his mother, his grandmother, two daughters, a brother and a sister.

Four other people were treated at local hospitals and released.

Police say Camacho was convicted of Driving While Intoxicated in 2003 and again in 2010.  He served 180 days in jail for the 2003 conviction, 24 months on probation, and was ordered to pay an $800 fine and $298 in court costs.

Grand Prairie Police say they don’t know how much time Camacho served for the 2010 DWI but Dallas County Jail officials say he served 35 days.

Grand Prairie Police say Camacho has never possessed a driver’s license.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving says this case serves as an example of why Texas should implement sobriety checkpoints.  Texas is one of 12 states that prohibit sobriety checkpoints.  MADD officials say Texas ranks first in the nation in terms of drunk driving fatalities.

“He took my child’s life,” says Icerene Edwards, Williams’ mother.  “I think there needs to be something done about it.”

Camacho is charged with Intoxication Manslaughter and Intoxication Assault in connection with Friday’s wreck.

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  • TheVal

    This is incredibly wrong. This man deserves the full extent of the law in his punishment. I am so terribly heartbroken for this family who has lost their loved one. May God be your comfort and ease your pain.

  • RussP

    MADD calls this an example of the need for sobriety check points; how about calling it an example of the need for tougher judges handing out tougher sentences? Charge this idiot with a homicide and jail him for a very long time. Getting behind the wheel drunk should be treated the same way as someone firing a gun into a crowd, the outcome is pretty much the same.

    • Charles Chuck Adams


    • Ben

      Well put couldn’t have said it better.

  • fred

    Blame the courts, blame the cops, blame the system, blame others that are not your skin color, blame blame blame… the only solution is to educate, regulate and enforce the rules we have, and make new ones, like takiing the booze away. Most people have no issues with the fire water, but a portion of us do. More people die by the booze or in jail because of it. Instead of blaming, lets take action and start to regulate booze just like you do other drugs.

  • NiteNurse

    You know there was a time in this country when a DWI carried such a stigma that if you ran for public office and had a DWI you would NEVER be elected.
    George W. Bush the most famous drunk driver ever elected to public office just proves we in this country don’t really care if someone drives drunk. Let’s get back to shame and stigma of a drunk driving. Let’s make an example of those who choose to jeopardize the safety of others. Let’s stop okaying such bad behavior. BYI George W. was a man in his mid 30s when he was pulled over so don’t blame youthful recklessness on that behavior.

  • ilvrw

    If the man has never had a driver’s license, then the book should have been thrown at him “both” times prior. I would think that a DWI without a license would be a major violation, but apparently, you can do it for 180 days in jail with $1,098 fines/court cost for 1st offense and 35 days second. Seems penalty gets smaller the more you do it.

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  • Troll Slayer

    Get a rope.

  • Jon

    He’s committed 2 offenses before, the 3rd time took a person’s life!. In Texas, premeditated murder is capital punishment by death, he should get the death sentence!.

  • Jamie nelson

    First of all Shun Williams did not only have 2 childern. Shun has 5 kids. He has 4 girls ages are 17 13 12 8 and a little boy who is 5. I am the mother of his 5 year old son. My son was a daddys boy. Let me tell u. My baby cryes all the time for his daddy. he doesnt understand because he is so little. I pray that this guy gets what he deserves. He took all Shun kids dad away. He is a man that loved all his kids. Now his babies dont have him. Thank god for the pictures we have so I can help keep the memorie of Shun alive for our son

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