Repeat DWI convict causes fatal accident

William Joe Rohmer charged with intoxication manslaughter

SAN ANTONIO - A man with a history of drunk driving convictions has been arrested again after he struck and killed a motorcyclist while allegedly driving under the influence, police said.

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The fatal crash happened around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning in the 200 block of East Nakoma.

According to court records the suspect, 40-year-old William Joe Rohmer had racked up 3 drunken driving convictions in less than 10 years.

According to a police report, Rohmer was drinking at the Cocoa Beach bar and only made it a few blocks from the bar before his car crossed into the West bound lanes of Nakoma, where he hit a motorcycle.

The impact sent the bike and it's driver, 40-year-old Gilbert Anthony Chavez, flying into a parking lot.

Chavez was not wearing a helmet and sustained several injuries. He was taken to University Hospital where he later died.

Rohmer told accident investigators that he had just left the Cocoa Beach bar where he had been drinking.

According to court records, Rohmer has three previous drunken driving convictions. His first conviction was from 1999 and he was sentenced to a year of probation.  His second was in 2001 and he was sentenced to 70 days in jail and 5 years of probation. Rohmer's third conviction came in 2007 and he was sentenced to 2 years in jail. The records show he was released on parole one year ago.

Rohmer is now charged with intoxication manslaughter. He was being held on a $100,000 bond.


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