Dallas teen died speeding to meet parental curfew




Posted on April 7, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 6:04 AM

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DALLAS — This was shaping up to be a great year for 18-year-old Fabian Gonzalez.

The honor student at Townview High School was the lead percussionist for his drum line. He had just earned a four-year, $32,000 scholarship to attend Northwood University and was earning extra cash selling artwork and being a DJ to pay for his tux for senior prom.

"He wanted to wear all white, because he wanted to look icy," said Fabian's father, Ricardo Gonzalez.

The memory brings smiles to the faces of Ricardo and Priscilla Gonzalez. They recall how Fabian never wanted to upset them.

But on Saturday night, just after midnight, in the 4200 block of South Walton Walker Boulevard, Fabian died trying.

Ricardo admits his son was speeding. "He was in a rush trying to get home, because we gave him a curfew," he said.

Fabian's mother said instead of her son calling home to say he would be late, he chose to speed and lost control of his sport utility vehicle 15 minutes after his midnight curfew.

He died in the fatal crash a few miles away from home.

Now, Fabian's parents are warning others to make sure their teens don't make the same mistake. "Just take your time when you're behind the wheel. Be safe," Ricardo Gonzalez urged.

"Just call home," Priscilla Gonzalez added. "Just call home and say, 'I’m gonna be a few minutes late.' It's okay."

Classmates shaken by Fabian's death held a memorial outside Townview High School Saturday night to honor his memory. His best friend initiated a Twitter campaign to posthumously crown Fabian prom king.

Ricardo Gonzalez explained the voting process. "Students vote for prom king, so they are telling everybody to vote for [Fabian]. He was so excited about prom."

If Fabian wins, his parents will walk the prom court April 19 in honor of their oldest son, a well-respected student, who unfortunately paid a high price for a wrong decision.

"I want people to remember my son as being a happy, happy child," Ricardo Gonzalez said. "He was amazing, and he was just successful at everything he did."

Funeral arrangements Fabian Gonzalez have been made. Viewing will take place Monday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Hughes Funeral Home Oak Cliff Chapel at 400 East Jefferson Boulevard.

Fabian's funeral is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the same location.

Burial will immediately follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, 1413 East Irving Boulevard, in Irving.

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