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Three Dead in Willacy County Head-On Collision


Three people were killed Friday afternoon after a Cadillac Escalade collided head-on with a Ford Expedition on U.S. 77.

Details of the Fatal Willacy County Crash

CBS 4 News reports the crash occurred around 1:30 pm when the Escalade began traveling in the wrong lane of traffic near Conley Road.

The driver of the Cadillac, 23-year-old Abraham Cerda, was killed in the crash as were both occupants of the Expedition, identified as 72-year-old Rafael Garza and 69-year-old Catalina Garza.

Authorities are still investigating the accident, and the Department of Public Safety believes alcohol may have been a factor in the fatal collision.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

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

  • 3,536 people were killed in car crashes in Texas in 2015. This averages to about one death every 2 hours and 29 minutes.
  • 1,925 of those deaths were recorded in rural areas of the state, and 581 were associated with head-on collision.
  • An additional 246,335 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2015.
  • Based on reportable crash data for 2015, TxDOT estimates that a reportable crash occurs in Texas every 61 seconds.

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