Authorities in Benavides, Texas responded to the scene of an accident late Saturday to find the incident had left one person dead.
Details of the Benavides Accident
KIII-TV reports Rene Mario Pena, 69, of Hebbronville, lost his life in a fatal car accident that occurred outside of Benavides Saturday evening.
The accident report indicates that Pena was driving a truck that trailed off of Highway 359 and then came back onto the highway, only before the truck crossed two lanes and collide with a tree.
Authorities responded to the scene to find Pena unconscious and unresponsive – he was pronounced dead by the Justice of the Peace.
The investigation is still underway.
Texas Auto Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):
- 3,408 people were killed in auto accidents in Texas in 2013 – a .25-percent decrease from the 3,417 deaths recorded in 2012.
- More than 55 percent of those fatal accidents occurred in rural areas of the state and nearly 40 percent were the result of single vehicle accidents.
- An additional 232,599 people were injured in auto accidents in 2013 with 16,807 people sustaining serious injuries.
- TxDOT estimates a reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds in Texas in 2013.