2 Dead in Hidalgo County Crash
Hidalgo County authorities are investigating a fatal accident that left two people dead Saturday night.
Details of the Fatal Collision
According to CBS 4 News, the fatal crash occurred on FM 88, near Mile 21 Road, shortly after 10:15 pm.
A preliminary investigation suggests a silver Land Rover SUV was traveling northbound on FM 88 when the driver drifted off the right side of the road and hit a mailbox. The driver then overcorrected, traveled into the southbound lane, and struck a silver Ford Expedition.
Eduardo Mendoza, 25, of Edinburg, and Myra Belcher, 56, of Weslaco, were both pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash is still under investigation.
Texas Head-On Collision Statistics
The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):
- 3,773 people were killed in traffic accidents in Texas in 2016, marking a 5.45% increase from the 3,578 deaths recorded in 2015.
- 638 of the deaths recorded in 2016 were attributed to head-on collision.
- An additional 265,076 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2016.
- Based on reportable crash data for 2016:
- One person was killed every 2 hours and 20 minutes.
- One person was injured every 1 minute and 59 seconds.
- A reportable crash occurred every 57 seconds.
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