, Port Arthur, Texas

February 26, 2014

Bonds total $1 million for intoxication manslaughter suspect

The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — A Port Arthur man is being held on bonds totaling $1 million in relation to a fatal wreck that occurred Sunday.

Charges against Leroy Rideaux Jr., 27, were filed for one count of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault for the wreck that occurred shortly after 3 a.m. Feb. 23 in the 3900 block of Memorial Boulevard.

Port Arthur Police believe Rideaux was driving under the influence of alcohol when his car rear-ended a vehicle driven by Maria Guadalupe Gonzales, 38, of Groves, according to a press release from PAPD.

The victim was stopped at the red light at the corner of Memorial Boulevard and 39th Street heading northbound her car was struck from behind. Gonzales and a 39-year-old male passenger were transported to Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth in Beaumont. Gonzales later died from massive internal injuries, PAPD Lt. Troy Lebouef said in a story that ran in the Feb. 25 edition of The Port Arthur News. The passenger also received internal injuries but not severe and is expected to be released from the hospital in a few days.