San Antonio Woman Charged in Fatal Crash that Killed Couple and Injured Their Four Children

A 20-year-old San Antonio woman is charged with manslaughter following a DWI crash that killed a husband and wife and injured their four children.

Details of the Fatal San Antonio DWI Crash

According to the San Antonio Express-News, the fatal crash occurred on Bandera Road near O’Connor High School in Helotes on January 3, around 6 pm.

Elena Mae Carranza, 20, was traveling northwest on Bandera in a Toyota Tundra when she crashed into a Kia Sedona. An investigation revealed Carranza was traveling 79 mph in a 45-mph zone. She also failed to apply her brakes until she had already crashed into the Kia.

Craig Smith, 54, and Susan Smith, 39, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their children, ranging from 6 to 16, were injured with one of the children suffering a traumatic brain injury and a lacerated kidney.

Carranza is charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter for the deaths of Craig and Susan Smith. Carranza is also charged with one count of intoxication assault and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

San Antonio Drunk Driving Accidents

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

  • 1,839 drunk driving crashes were recorded in San Antonio in 2018.
  • These crashes resulted in:
    • 453 deaths
    • 95 serious injuries
    • 1,350 non-incapacitating injuries and possible injuries

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