A driver may be charged with negligence after a Texas SUV accident in Tyler left five children dead and five other passengers injured.
Authorities said that the rollover crash was likely caused by a blown tire and that only two of the twelve passengers in the overloaded vehicle were properly restrained.
According to local and national news sources, twelve passengers from Marshall, all related, were riding in the SUV to the Splash Mountain water park in Canton on Interstate 20 when the vehicle flipped several times, ejecting ten of the passengers before coming to a rest on its roof.
Only two of the people, 36-year-old Federico Acuna, and a 15-year-old girl were not thrown from the vehicle or injured. They were also the only two wearing seat belts. Five of the passengers, all children, were killed in the accident: 13-year-old Rosvaelia Jaimes, 7-year-old Omar Jaimes, 6-year-old Saideth Acuna, 3-year-old Ulisa Acuna, and 2-year-old Urit Jaimes, who was seated in another passenger’s lap. The passengers were all relatives.
The two other adults in the car, the driver’s wife, 34-year-old Estella Torres, and her sister, 24-year-old Elita Torres, were seriously injured in the crash, as was a 9-year-old girl.
The Texas Department of Public Safety stated that the driver could face charges in relation to the accident because he was responsible for his passengers being properly restrained in seat belts and car seats, even though the accident was caused by a tire blow-out.
The Texas car accident attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm send their deepest condolences to the surviving family of this tragic crash as well as their friends and loved ones.