CRYSTAL CITY, TX (12/14/2015) — A head-on collision on Monday injured three people, and killed Aiden and Dominico Gonzalez, Perla Sanchez, and Jetley and Anna Marquez.
According to Texas State Troopers, 11-year-old Jetly Marquez, 16-year-old Anna Marquez, 35-year-old Perla Sanchez, 2-year-old Dominico Gonzalez and 10-year-old Aiden Gonzalez were identified as the victims of a fatal accident that occurred on Highway 57 near Crystal City, Texas.
Troopers reported that at around 1:15 a.m., a Dodge Charger—driven by Perla Sanchez—was traveling eastbound, when for unknown reasons the Charger crossed into westbound traffic and struck a Chevrolet Silverado head-on.
Two children (Dominico and Aiden Gonzalez) riding in the Silverado died at the scene. The two other female occupants from the Silverado survived the crash and were taken to a San Antonio hospital for treatment.
Three of the occupants from the Charger (including the driver, front passenger, and back seat passenger) were also killed in the accident. The lone survivor was transported to San Antonio for treatment.
Authorities stated that their current conditions are unknown at this time.
The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Maverick County Sheriff’s Office are investigating this fatal wreck.
While not much has been released about this circumstances leading to this accident, it’s important to note that almost half (49%) of all car accident fatalities occur when it is dark outside, even though only around 25% of travel occurs at night. Since nighttime driving isn’t completely avoidable, we do recommend taking extra precautionary measures if you’re driving at night; especially when traveling for long periods. For example, make sure that you’re alert, free of distractions, and minding the speed limit. Also, having a secondary driver to take over when you’re feeling lethargic is always recommended.