Colunga found guilty on three counts in 2012 drunk driving crash

AUSTIN -- A jury has found Nicholas Colunga guilty in the drunk driving crash which left a former University of Texas soccer player seriously injured.

Colunga was found guilty of two counts of failing to stop and render aid and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He had already pleaded guilty to intoxication assault.

The charges stem from a crash in February 2012. Colunga was accused of speeding through a red light, hitting three people in the crosswalk. The victims, including former UT soccer player Kylie Doniak, were in the courtroom listening to closing arguments on Thursday.

Doniak spent six weeks in a coma and months in intensive physical therapy. She is still recovering from her injuries.

Colunga admits he had been drinking the night of the crash.

We know why we're here. Anyone with eyes open in this community knows why we're here when Nick wanted to take responsibility, said his attorney Amber Vazquez Bode.

Vazquez Bode says these other charges are unnecessary.

Nick came into this courtroom waiving a white flag saying, 'I did it. I am guilty of a felony offense,' she explained.

She says it's political.

Nick, as you can see, is not a wealthy white girl, he's not an elected official, Bode said.

Prosecutors objected several times, saying the charges fit the crime.

He was trying to run. He knew exactly what he was doing. He was trying to get out of it, said prosecutor Amy Meredith.

Defense attorneys argue the opposite.

On that date he didn't have a mental state, said his lawyer Darla Davis during closing arguments.

Prosecutor Matt Campbell disputed the claim saying Colunga would have seen and heard the crash.

Voluntary intoxication does not constitute a defense, and therefore they can't argue that because he was drunk, he didn't know what he was doing, said Campbell.

Those charges also cover the other victims of that crash, including former UT track member Andre Thomas. He suffered serious leg wounds and after physical therapy is doing okay.

Colunga could face more than 20 years.


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