Israel Avelar, 46, and his three sons, Kevin, 17, Daniel, 14, and Matthew, 6, were driving down Highway 315 in Carthage, Texas, when their van was rear ended by an SUV and pushed into an oncoming tractor-trailer, reports CBS 19.
Three other family members who were also in the Avelar’s van survived the accident. The Avelar’s were in Texas visiting family.
Pastor Fugate, who has been getting updates from the family, says the three family members who survived were still at the hospital as of May 22. Fugate says the Avelar’s oldest daughter was able to make her way down to Texas with help from the church.
Annual crash data shows that the number of traffic-related fatalities has been steadily increasing since 2010:
According to StreetsBlog USA, the state of Texas has lead the nation in number of traffic deaths with at least one traffic death per day for the past 15 years. Even with the Texas Department of Transportation’s (DOT) #EndTheStreak campaign, statewide traffic deaths increased 3.7 percent in 2014 from 2013.
The Texas DOT reports that on average someone is injured every two minutes and someone is killed every two and a half hours