AMARILLO (September 5, 2013)—Clinton Scott Diaz, 20, of Amarillo, the driver of a car involved in a crash in August in the Panhandle that left five cast and crew members of the popular summer musical drama “Texas” dead, was legally drunk, authorities say.
Tests showed that Diaz had a blood-alcohol level of .165 percent at the time of the crash, more than double the legal maximum of .08, Senior Trooper Chris Ray of the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
Ray said tests also detected traces of marijuana intoxicants in Diaz’s blood.
Six cast and crew members were returning from an end-of-the-year party on Aug. 12 when they were involved in the two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 287 near Dumas, about 40 miles north of Amarillo as Diaz pulled into the path of an oncoming 18-wheeler.
Diaz died along with Andrew Duncan of Wichita Falls; Amanda Starz of Timonium, Md.; Julian Arredondo of Haltom; and Eric Harrison of Fort Worth.
Timothy Johnson, 30, of Portland, Ore., was the lone survivor among the six cast members who were riding in the car.
He remains hospitalized in satisfactory condition.
The driver of the 18-wheeler that hit the car, Theron Arthur McSay of Fort Collins, Colo., was also injured.
The musical draws as many as 65,000 spectators each summer to Palo Duro Canyon State Park.