Back on December 22, 2021, a family of 5 was killed when someone ran into them head-on as they were out looking at Christmas lights.

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Larry G. Rolen II was arrested and charged with four counts of intoxicated manslaughter.  He was also charged with one count of intoxicated assault.

A Nissan Altima was going westbound on St. Francis. The Nissan was hit head-on by a Chevrolet 2500 pickup driven by Rolen.   The pick-up had been traveling eastbound in the Westbound lanes. There were 5 people in the Nissan at the time of the crash. Four of the occupants died at the scene, the fifth succumbed to her injuries on Friday, December 24th.

Rolen was indicted on Tuesday, July 5th in a Potter County Courtroom on 5 counts of intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle.  If convicted Rolen faces up to 20 years in prison for each count.

As this case moves forward hopefully justice will be served, however, even with a conviction, a family was devastated due to drinking and driving.

The victims in the crash were 23-year-old Andrea Aguirre, 46-year-old Angelica Colin, 88-year-old Raul Colin, 85-year-old Teresa Colin, and 35-year-old Raul Perez Colin.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 1,077 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol. This is 24% of the total number of people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.

In 2021, Amarillo saw a total of 260 crashes due to driving under the influence.  Of those 260 this included 9 fatalities. The TABC opened an investigation into the bar where Rolen was last known to be served.

Amarillo Murders in 2021

With an official tally of 27 murders, the year 2021 saw the highest number of homicides in Amarillo since 1994.

Below is a closer look at the year's criminal acts that resulted in life lost.

**Note from the Editor: The following is not an exhaustive list. We have compiled what you see below from news reports, official police statements, along with where the case stands in the court system. If you see any errors in reporting or fact, please email the editor directly at sarah.clark@townsquaremedia.com along with any supporting documents.

We wish to stress that all individuals charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

***Not pictured: Edward Matthew Gamez

Unsolved Murders of Amarillo, Texas

These are the unsolved murders of Amarillo, Texas.

If you have any information or if you know something, call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 806-374-4400. 

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