Downtown bar under investigation after fatal accident - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Downtown bar under investigation after fatal accident

Klusoz Martini Bar (Source: Facebook) Klusoz Martini Bar (Source: Facebook)

Nearly two months after a deadly crash killed a 19-year-old teen, The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is fighting to shut down Klusoz Martini Lounge in downtown Lubbock.

Samantha Martinez died in the early hours on August 14 when a car driven by Dr. David Gonzalez-Gibler, 31, flipped over the guardrail of Loop 289 near North Quaker Avenue.  The front-seat passenger, Dawnyelle Rios, 18, was also ejected and sustained serious injuries.

TABC says the two minors and Gonzalez-Gibler were at Klusoz before the accident. Lubbock Police say text messages prove that Gonzalez-Gibler was with Rios in at least one bar or nightclub. 

Gonzalez-Gibler had a blood-alcohol content almost twice the legal limit at 0.14. Rios tested positive for cocaine and had a blood alcohol level of 0.22.

Klusoz and two employees who work there face two counts of permitting a minor to possess and consume alcohol and one count for the sale of alcohol to an intoxicated person.

Gonzalez-Gibler also faces criminal charges for providing alcohol to minors on top of an intoxicated manslaughter charge.

TABC says they will have a hearing on the charges which could take several months or up to two years.

The mother of Samantha Martinez who died released this statement. She says she hopes those responsible will be held reliable.

KCBD reached out to Klusoz, but they have failed to return our calls.

Besides the current investigation, Klusoz shut down in early September because it let in 100 people over the allowed maximum occupancy, according to the Lubbock Fire Marshal's office. They also say they gave the bar a 60 day notice to fix other issues. For instance they covered up a required exit and didn't have the right permits.

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