Woman Could Face Charges After Suicide Attempt in Odessa

Woman Could Face Charges After Suicide Attempt in Odessa

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - A woman could be facing charges after a suicide attempt Tuesday afternoon in West Odessa. Officials say it's how she tried to commit suicide that landed her in hot water.

"I heard a big bang and I sat there and I heard some sirens," Lorenzo Gallegos, said. "I seen the two cars right there wrecked."

A routine call for deputies to check out a crash sparked an investigation by the Ector County Sheriff's Office.

On Tuesday afternoon, a 67-year-old woman slammed head-on into another vehicle while driving on University near Redondo in West Odessa.

"One of them was banged up in the front pretty good," Gallegos said.

But deputies quickly found out this was no accident.

"She just wanted to take her own life so she swerved into oncoming traffic," Sgt. Gary Duesler, with the Ector County Sheriff's Office, said. "It's very odd that you have someone blatantly say 'I was trying to kill myself. She said it not only to officers but to people around her."

Sgt. Duesler said the driver dodged two other cars in the suicide attempt. Luckily the mother and her nine-year-old daughter in the other vehicle weren't badly hurt.

The woman is in serious condition at Medical Center Hospital.

A mental health officer went to Medical Center Hospital to talk with her but now the crash is being investigated as an assault with a deadly weapon.

"The deadly weapon in this case would be the car," Duesler said.

He said what happened is puzzling.

"I've never understood why somebody would wanna take their own life," Duesler said. "I really don't understand why they would wanna take an innocent person's life with them. What have they done?"

This is an ongoing investigation, but if charges are filed, the driver could get jail time.