TABC joins DPS in deadly crash investigation - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

TABC joins DPS in deadly crash investigation

AMARILLO - The Department of Public Safety confirmed alcohol was a factor in the crash that killed five cast and crew members of the musical "Texas," and now the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is involved in the investigation as well.

Right now the TABC is working to find out where the alcohol served at that party came from.

The six people in the car were leaving an end-of-season cast party held at Coldwater Ranch, owned by long-time Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation board member Joe Batson.

DPS troopers did find alcohol in the car, but it could take months for lab results to come back confirming how much, if any, each individual drank.

The TABC says since Coldwater Ranch isn't a business licensed to sell alcohol, the only liability there lies in whether minors were drinking.  

"As far as the criminal law is concerned, the only thing that would be illegal is if they provided alcohol to a minor," TABC Sgt. Charlotte Knox said.

Providing alcohol to minors is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.

It hasn't been confirmed who in the car was intoxicated and who was not, but the driver of the car, Clinton Diaz, was only 20 years old.

Passengers Amanda Starz and Andrew Duncan were also under 21.

  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • 'Spring Cleaning Drive' helps two area non-profits

    'Spring Cleaning Drive' helps two area non-profits

    Sunday, March 26 2017 4:54 PM EDT2017-03-26 20:54:27 GMT
    Source: KFDASource: KFDA

    Martha's Home and Amarillo Habitat for Humanity got some much-needed help this weekend, while others did a little spring cleaning.    

    Martha's Home and Amarillo Habitat for Humanity got some much-needed help this weekend, while others did a little spring cleaning.    

  • Building fire at Public Steel, no injuries reported

    Building fire at Public Steel, no injuries reported

    Sunday, March 26 2017 12:43 AM EDT2017-03-26 04:43:35 GMT
    Source: KFDASource: KFDA

    Amarillo police and the Amarillo Fire Department worked a building fire at Public Steel.

    Amarillo police and the Amarillo Fire Department worked a building fire at Public Steel.

  • Career fair brings opportunities for young job seekers

    Career fair brings opportunities for young job seekers

    Saturday, March 25 2017 9:29 PM EDT2017-03-26 01:29:17 GMT
    Hundreds of job seekers came dressed for success in hopes of joining teams of local companies in the area. Multiple employment opportunities were available from all levels of employment, including full and part-time positions in technical, health care, management, customer service and many others. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Texas unemployment rate is at 4.9 % and in Amarillo the percentage of unemployment is at 3.4 %.  Workforce solutions Panhandle said t...
    Hundreds of job seekers came dressed for success in hopes of joining teams of local companies in the area. Multiple employment opportunities were available from all levels of employment, including full and part-time positions in technical, health care, management, customer service and many others. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Texas unemployment rate is at 4.9 % and in Amarillo the percentage of unemployment is at 3.4 %.  Workforce solutions Panhandle said t...
Powered by Frankly