Family searches for answers after father of six killed in crash

It's been about two and a half weeks since Manuel Gonzales III lost his life along FM 463 outside of Devine, and his family says that DPS investigators have told them little about what led to her nephew's death.

DEVINE - A family says that they know little about a crash that killed their loved one, who was a father of six.

It's been about two and a half weeks since Manuel Gonzales III lost his life along FM 463 outside of Devine.

"There are a lot of questions unanswered, and we need answers. I'm not going to rest, we're not going to rest," said Juvencia Ruiz, Gonzales's aunt.

Ruiz and her family say that DPS investigators have told them little about what led to her nephew's death.

"He had a wife, he had kids," Ruiz said.

According to a crash report, Gonzales was riding his motorcycle home late Easter Sunday when the driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe backed out onto the road.

Gonzales couldn't stop in time and crashed into the side. He died moments later.

"What made them do that, go and just try to make a u-turn?" Ruiz asked.

Evidence of an investigation remains at the crash scene where a makeshift memorial honors Gonzales's life. However, the SUV involved in the crash was taken a short time afterward from the impound lot.

DPS told KENS 5 that they didn't put a hold on it and the insurance company came and picked it up.

"We want to know what was in it. Why did they take the truck if they're not done with the investigation? Can they answer me that?" Ruiz said.

At one point, the family says that they were told the driver left the scene and may have been intoxicated.

A DPS spokesman told KENS 5 that they don't believe the 20-year-old driver of the SUV was intoxicated and that any critical evidence in the SUV would have been taken the night of the crash.

"It's not going to bring him back, it's not. And it's not going to replace the pain we feel, but we want closure and we want them to respond to us. We want to know what's going to happen. We can't let this go," Ruiz said.

DPS says that the driver of the SUV will likely be cited for failing to properly back out of a driveway safely. Investigators say that this is still an active case.

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