Irving, Texas. January 29, 2013 –
A Sunday afternoon car crash on Interstate 30 in Grand Prairie has claimed a third fatality from the accident.
The Gonzalez family, from Irving, was headed west on I-30. Grand Prairie police received a 911 call reporting a car had stalled in the westbound lanes about 1:50 p.m. Sunday but the 2004 Dodge Stratus was struck by a Ford F-150 pickup before police arrived.
According to a Grand Prairie Police release, Juan Gonzalez got out of the car to wave away traffic while his wife, Maria Vasquez, and four children remained in the car.
Justin Beavers, 30, from North Richland Hills, struck the family’s car from behind with his Ford F150 pickup. Beavers was changing lanes and didn’t see the stalled car in time to stop. According to Police spokesman Eric Hansen the truck driver did not any time to react after seeing the stalled car.
Maria Gonzalez-Refugio, 12, was pronounced dead less than an hour after the accident near Texas 161. Her sister, Diana Gonzalez, 13, died Sunday night at the hospital.
6-year-old Jesus Gonzalez was in critical condition and taken to Cook Children’s Hospital at the time of the accident. Unfortunately, Jesus was taken off life support Monday night, claiming the third victim from this horrible accident.
Maria De Jesus Gonzalez, 10, is still in critical condition at Cook Children’s Hospital.
The investigation has revealed that thirty-one-year-old Maria Francisca Vasquez, the mother of all four children, was driving the vehicle without a license, and the children were in the back seat without their seat belts fastened. Vasquez sustained minor injuries and accompanied the children to the hospital.
The collision is still under investigation by The Grand Prairie Police Department.
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