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Garland Police Department Dispatcher Killed by Drunk Driver

Garland Police Department police and fire dispatcher, Crystal Nuncio, was hit head-on by a drunk driver on the LJB Freeway, killing her instantly and leaving her two small children hospitalized.

About the Fatal Garland Crash

On Saturday, May 16, around 5:15 a.m., 25-year-old Luis Angel Rodriguez was driving on the wrong side of the road and collided head-on with 28-year-old Crystal Nuncio.

Rodriguez was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe when he slammed into Nuncio’s smaller Chevrolet HHR.

Nuncio was pronounced dead at the scene. Her two children were also in the car with her at the time of the accident. 10-year-old Ally was listed in “very critical condition” at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas; a nine-month-old boy, who was in a car seat, is expected to survive his injuries.

Rodriguez was was in critical condition at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. He will face one count of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault.

According to the police, Nuncio had worked as a police and fire dispatcher in Garland for the past nine years.

The accident closed all westbound lanes of LBJ Freeway for over three hours. Motorists were directed to exit at Northwest Highway while the wreckage was cleared and an investigation was conducted.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

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

  • 3,377 people were killed in auto accidents in 2012 – roughly one death every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
  • 523 fatalities were linked to head-on collisions.
  • An additional 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents with 89,270 people suffering serious injuries.
  • Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 32.2-percent of all traffic related fatalities in 2013.

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