SANTA ANNA, TX (12/19/2015) — A fatal, head-on collision on Saturday night claimed the life of Javier Michael Garcia and Olga Cisneros Gutierrez; Adela Campos Morris was also critically injured.
UPDATE 12/22/2015: Adela Campos Morris, of Clyde, has also passed away due to injuries sustained in the accident.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), 50-year-old Javier Michael Garcia and 54-year-old Olga Cisneros Gutierrez were both killed following a head-on collision that occurred on U.S. 283 near Santa Anna, Texas.
DPS reported that Gutierrez was traveling northbound in a 2008 Volkswagon Touareg when she drifted into the southbound lane and struck a 2005 Nissan Altima, driven by Garcia.
Both Garcia and Gutierrez were pronounced dead at the scene.
Gutierrez’s passenger, 53-year-old Adela Campos Morris survived the accident, but was critically injured. She was taken to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas for treatment.
This accident remains under investigation.
While this wreck is currently being investigated, we would like to touch on the topic of wrong way accidents. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) found that in 2014, there were approximately 50% more accidents involving wrong way driving than in the previous 4 years. These accidents also resulted in the most incapacitating injuries and deaths. What does this mean to drivers? It proves that being 100% aware of your surroundings at all times is absolutely crucial. In a matter of seconds, your carefree drive could turn tragic.