Teen Driver Out of Jail After Fatal Weekend Accident in Odessa

by Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA--18-year-old Frederick Gardea Gonzalez is charged with manslaughter and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, after the car he was driving, plowed into a home on the corner of Englewood and Boulder on Saturday evening.

The details of what exactly caused Gonzalez to drive into James and Melba Paysinger's home are still unknown. NewsWest 9 decided to go around the neighborhood to see what we could find out. As it turns out, residents along Boulder and Englewood have been afraid something like this was going happen sooner or later.

According to neighbor Monica Goode, "Everyone was just kind of going crazy. People were everywhere. We just didn't know what to think."

Goode and her family were headed home, across the street from Paysinger and his wife, when the accident happened. They weren't sure what had just happened, but were told they were lucky to get there when they did.

"Right whenever it hit, it was just like smoke. We just saw smoke whenever we came down the street. We pulled up right as soon as it happened. The neighbor said if we had come two seconds before, the car would have hit us instead of the house," Goode explained.

Goode says she lives in a constant state of fear and worry because of the traffic along Englewood. Most of it, she says, by young, teenaged drivers, "This road, right here, they speed, so fast and they peel out. That stop sign, it does not matter that it's there."

It's not clear how, but Gonzalez's Saturn Ion ended up inside the Paysinger's living room, sending both residents to the hospital. James Paysinger later died from his injuries.

"My boyfriend went inside and helped them take the rubble and, I think, a couch was on top of him. The kid was actually trying to run. They said he was freaking out and trying to run and the neighbor had stopped him," Goode said.

Goode says she's heard people say Gonzalez is a diabetic, but they also wonder if he was drunk or on drugs, "I know they were giving him sobriety tests and we kept thinking, maybe he all shook up at the same time so they don't really know what the case is."

Gonzalez faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and manslaughter. He's out of jail after posting a $100,000 bond.

Monica Goode says it's a sad situation that didn't have to end like this.

"They're in their own home and they're not even safe in their own home. They're not even out on the streets causing problems and this happens to them. We didn't ever think nothing like this magnitude would happen but it was only a matter of time, before something happened," Goode added.

NewsWest 9 spoke with the Paysinger's daughter on Monday morning.  She tells NewsWest 9, her mother is recovering from a cut on her leg.

Odessa Police say investigators are knee deep in this investigation and won't be releasing any new information until everything has been wrapped up.