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One Dead, Six Injured in Two-car Crash in New Braunfels

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According to the Herald-Zeitung, one motorist is dead and a family of six were injured in a car crash in New Braunfels, Texas, on Friday night.

High Speeds, Drinking Played Role in Wreck

A driver in a Mitsubishi Eclipse was traveling southbound on Interstate 35 near Conrads Lane when the fatal injury accident occurred. Officials say the driver, 53-year-old Rocque Romero, exited onto a frontage road at a high rate of speed. An SUV heading south on the frontage road was rear-ended by the Eclipse, causing both vehicles to crash into a nearby field.

The Herald-Zeitung reports that Romero died at the scene of the accident. Witnesses say his car engulfed in flames and Romero appeared to be deceased inside. Rescue crews attempted first aid on the six occupants of the SUV, ranging in age from four months to 26 years.

Three of the SUV occupants were transported to the South Austin Medical Center, and the other three were taken to University Hospital in San Antonio, according to the Herald-Zeitung. On Saturday, two patients remained in guarded condition in San Antonio and a six-month-old boy remained in critical condition. Police believe the driver of the Eclipse was driving drunk at the time of the crash in addition to traveling at high speeds.

Alcohol-impaired Traffic Crash Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 28 people die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver every day. In addition,

  • The cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion each year.
  • In 2014, 9,967 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
    • This accounts for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
  • Of the 1,070 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 in 2014, 19 percent involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
  • Sixteen percent of motor vehicle crashes involve drugs (legal or illegal) other than alcohol.

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