Out during lunch break from their Texas high school, four students’ lives were suddenly and tragically changed when the 18-year-old driver of a Lancer collided with a pickup truck at a San Antonio intersection. At least one of the students died in the fatal motor vehicle accident; 17-year-old Gabriella Lerma was airlifted from the crash site but was pronounced dead when she arrived at University Hospital.
Another passenger, 16-year-old Georgina Rodriguez suffered a traumatic brain injury in the crash, among many other injuries and was taken off life support with her family by her side at University Hospital. She succumbed to the injuries caused by the fatal crash.
There has been speculation that the teens were involved in a street race leading up to the fatal crash, but investigators have not yet confirmed this to be true. The teen driver of the Lancer, 19-year-old Antonio Flores, slammed into the pickup truck, causing the crash, when he attempted to pass it on the left hand side. The driver of the truck was making a left hand turn at the time.
The 49-year-old driver of the pickup was treated at Methodist Hospital. He was last noted as being in intensive care. He had one passenger with him at the time of the fatal crash; his condition is unknown.
A candlelight vigil was held at Brandeis High School in memory of those who had died in the fatal teen driving crash and those who were seriously injured.
Source: My SA, “Candlelight vigil is held for the victims of 1604 crash,” February 21, 2013