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9-Year-Old Killed in Victoria Crash

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

A 9-year-old girl was killed in Victoria, Texas on Sunday after the vehicle she was traveling in was struck by a suspected drunk driver.

About the Victoria Drunk Driving Crash

According to the Victoria Advocate, the collision occurred early Sunday morning in the 4100 block of Houston Highway. Authorities responded to the scene around 2:10 am to find a blue sports utility vehicle in a ditch near Two Step Danchall and a 2011 Ford F250 stopped in the roadway.

The driver of the SUV, Yvonne Calhoun, 38, suffered a collapsed lung and broken shoulder. She is listed in stable condition at Citizens Medical Center. Calhoun’s passenger, 9-year-old Sophia Calhoun, was killed in the crash.

The driver of the F250, 41-year-old Rodolfo Alvarez, told police that he had consumed three beers and was unaware of being involved in the collision. Officer Cody Maresh administered field sobriety tests after noticing that Alvarez had slurred speech and smelled strongly of alcohol – Alvarez was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

An update released by the Victoria Advocate on Monday revealed that Alvarez is also facing charges of murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,377 traffic related fatalities were recorded in Texas in 2013 – a 1.05 percent decrease from the 3,413 deaths recorded in 2012.
  • 1,089 deaths were attributed to accidents involving a driver under the influence of alcohol, representing 32.2 percent of all traffic fatalities recorded in the state.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents with 89,270 people sustaining serious injuries.
  • Using reportable crash data for 2013, TxDOT estimates;
    • One person was killed in a traffic collision in Texas every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
    • One person was injured every 2 minutes and 16 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds.


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