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Three Dead, One Injured in High-Speed SUV Wreck

”crashed SUV flipped on roof

According to Fox 4 News, a major single-vehicle wreck claimed the lives of three family members and severely injured another in Dallas, Texas, on Monday evening.

All Four Occupants Ejected from SUV

According to police, the youngest of the occupants, 17-year-old Frank Palomo, was driving the Suburban SUV when he hit a dip in the road. Palomo lost control of the car and struck a parked pickup truck on the side of the road.

According to Fox 4 News, Palomo and his three passengers were thrown from the SUV. Richard Arias, 20, Santos Mendoza, 24, and Palomo died in the accident. Miguel Cervantes, 20, survived the crash, but suffered multiple broken ribs.

Cervantes is currently receiving treatment at Parkland Hospital. According to police, they do not believe the four were street racing, but speed played a role in the wreck. The four occupants were all related, and a group of cousins were following them in a separate vehicle at the time of the crash, according to Fox 4 News.

Fox 4 News reports that one of the police officers thought it was one of the worst accidents he has ever seen. The accident occurred around 8:00 p.m. near the intersection of Norwich and Nomas Street.

Texas Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), there were 3,534 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2014. In addition,

  • 17,152 people sustained a serious injury in a motor vehicle crash in 2014.
  • Single vehicle, run-off the road crashes resulted in 1,384 deaths in 2014. This was 39.16% of all motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2014.
  • There were no deathless days on Texas roadways in 2014.
  • A person died every 2 hours and 29 minutes in a motor vehicle crash in 2014.

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