CORSICANA, TX (07/20/2015) — The DPS identified 31-year-old Aaron Mendoza and 31-year-old Brenda Mendoza as 2 of the 11 victims involved in Monday’s fatal head-on crash along I-45.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has confirmed that Aaron Mendoza and Brenda Mendoza, both 31, were among the victims of Monday morning’s fatal head-on collision on Interstate 45 in Corsicana, Texas.
According to reports, at around 11:00 a.m., 78-year-old James Warren was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of I-45 in a Chevy pickup truck. He collided with a Nissan Pathfinder driven by Aaron Mendoza, who lost his life in the wreckage. Warren (the wrong-way driver) and a 14-year-old boy in Mendoza’s vehicle were also killed.
A dispatcher said five helicopters were dispatched to the accident scene.
Reportedly, a total of 8 people were in the Pathfinder—six of which were children (from 18 months to 12 years). The five surviving children were seriously injured in the crash.
The DPS stated that Brenda Mendoza is being treated for her injuries at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. The five children are being cared for at Children’s Medical Center Dallas.
James Warren’s wife Audrey said her husband of 57 years was on antibiotics for treatment of a urinary tract infection at the time of the accident.
“He wasn’t well; he wasn’t lucid; because if he would’ve been lucid, it would’ve never happened,” she said. “He would have come right into that bedroom if he was going somewhere, and he would have told he was going somewhere.”
Despite no diagnosis, there is medical literature that details a connection between elderly patients suffering from urinary tract infections and the onset of dementia or episodes of delirium.
“If he had it, we didn’t know he had it, because he’s never been diagnosed with it,” Warren said.