DUI Suspected in Fatal San Antonio Crash
About the Fatal San Antonio Car Crash
San Antonio police say the accident occurred at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the intersection of McCauley Avenue and Commercial Avenue. A westbound 2004 Kia Optima ran a stop sign and collided with a Ford Escape SUV.
The driver of the Kia, identified as Jennifer Villegas, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police suspect that Villegas was intoxicated at the time of the crash after detecting a strong odor of alcohol in her vehicle.
Three teen passengers in the Kia were transported to University Hospital and are listed in stable condition. Reports identified the injured teens as Desiree Villegas, 17; Christine Villanueva, 16; and Rebecca Villegas, 15. Two of the teens were ejected from the vehicle in the crash. Police say the teens were not wearing seat belts.
The driver of the SUV, identified as Maria Montemayor, 65, was taken to Southwest General Hospital in stable condition.
Texas Car Accident Statistics
In 2013, the Texas Department of Transportation recorded a total of 1,089 alcohol-related traffic fatalities. Those deaths represented 32.2 percent of all traffic fatalities in Texas that year. More DUI crashes were reported between 2:00 a.m. and 3 a.m. than any other hour of the day; more DUI crashes occurred on Saturday than any other day.
In total, there were 3,377 traffic-related fatalities in Texas in 2013. An additional 232,041 people were injured in car accidents that year.