Details about the Fatal Head-On Collision
According to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, the wrong-way driver was intoxicated when she collided head-on with a teenage driver on Interstate 35 near Kinney Road at about 10:30 p.m.
The 57-year-old woman died at the scene of the accident. The other driver, a 17-year-old girl was pulled out of the wreckage and taken to University Hospital via helicopter in critical condition.
The girl has since been identified as Andrea Gamez, a student at Somerset High School, who had just finished work at a Whataburger in Lytle when the accident occurred.
Before the accident happened, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said that they received several calls from witnesses trying to report a wrong way driver that was driving south in the northbound lanes.
Drunk Driving Statistics in the State of Texas
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD):
- In 2013, Texas led the nation with a recorded 1,337 deaths that were caused by a drunk driver – this accounts for 39.5 percent of all traffic deaths in the state, a 3.6 percent increase from the previous year.
- There were a total of 25,479 alcohol related crashes in Texas in 2013.
- There were 99,195 DUI arrests in the state in 2013.