UPDATE: 04/15/2016: The victims in the Saturn have been identified, and the suspect who fled the scene has been arrested.
The two passengers who were killed in the accident were identified as 18-year-old Yene Rivera and 4-year-old Sophia Rivera. The two critically injured victims were identified as 2-year-old Jayden Maireina-Rivera, and 20-year-old Brian Rivera (the driver).
Police have arrested 17-year-old Adalberto Rivera, and so far have charged him with failure to stop and render aid. Unbelievably, police believe the suspect is related to the victims.
GARLAND, TX (04/13/2016) — A major accident on Wednesday night killed two people, and seriously injured three others.
Garland police have reported two fatalities and three injuries following a multi-vehicle collision that occurred along Interstate 635 near La Prada Drive in Garland, Texas.
Witnesses and police reported that at around 11:00 p.m., the driver of a white Ford Mustang (Adalberto Rivera) was driving erratically on southbound I-635 (LBJ Freeway) when it suddenly hit the brakes.
“It was speeding up, slowing down, and all of the sudden came to a complete stop on LBJ,” Garland police spokesman Pedro Barineau said.
Police stated that a Nissan SUV behind the Mustang was able to stop in time; however, a silver Saturn was not able to avoid rear-ending the Nissan.
After the initial collision, the Saturn was then rear-ended by a white Dodge.
A woman (Yene Rivera) and a 4-year-old child (Sophia Rivera) in the Saturn were taken to a nearby area hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
The male driver of the Saturn (Brian Rivera) was taken to the hospital in serious condition, and a 2-year-old passenger from the Saturn (Jayden Maireina-Rivera) was flown to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas with critical injuries.
Authorities reported that a 2-year-old child from the Nissan SUV was also taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Witnesses told police that the occupants of the Mustang fled the scene on foot after the accident. Those individuals are still at large as of Thursday morning.
According to Barineau, Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for tips that lead to an arrest in Thursday’s crash.
Details are limited at this time, but we will provide more information as it becomes available.