By Jeff Awtrey - email
UNION COUNTY, N.M. (KTRE) - A Lufkin man was killed and his brother injured Sunday night after being hit by a drunk driver while they were trying to assist another driver who had gone off the road in the eastern part of New Mexico, according to Union County authorities.
Taylor Chambers, 20, died in a hospital in Raton, N.M., Deputy Sheriff Mike Shoemake said. His brother, Daniel Patrick Chambers, 26, is in a New Mexico hospital in serious condition.
Shoemake said the brothers were assisting someone that had driven into a ditch on U.S. 6487, between the towns of Des Moines, N.M., and Granville, N.M., around 11:30 p.m. Sunday when Floyd Hobson, 61, drove into them.
Hobson was not injured and arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and two counts of vehicular homicide. He is being held on a $50,000 bond.
The men's father, Tim Chambers, who is the chief appraiser for Angelina County, was in the family's car and witnessed the whole incident.
"He saw it in the rear-view mirror and said, 'he's going to hit us,'" Shoemake said.
Shoemake said the brothers were assisting a Killeen man and the road conditions were "really terrible," with high winds, snow and ice.
"We can't shut down highways," Shoemake said. "But we had asked the highway department to shut it down the day before, but they refused."
Hobson has three prior convictions for drunk driving, Shoemake said.
"It's sickening to us," he said. "We're devastated too. This guy shouldn't have been on the road and he hits two men just being good Samaritans."
Monetary donations are being accepted to assist the Chambers family in medical and funeral expenses. They can be dropped off at Angelina Federal Employees Credit Union, located at 900 Pershing Ave., under the account of Tricia Chambers.