Three people were killed on Saturday night near Keystone after, investigators say, a truck ran through a stop sign and hit the three people in a car on U.S. 30.
The Benton County Sheriff’s office says Raul Salazar Jr., 39, of Bushland, Tex., was driving a GMC truck on 16th Avenue, heading north towards U.S. 30 at about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Their investigation shows Salazar did not stop at the highway and hit a Chevrolet Impala carrying three people.
Valerie A. Schneiders, 22, Jason C. Bessert, 24, and Haley R. Bessert, 3, all of Cedar Rapids, died at the scene of the crash around 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Highway 30 at 16th Avenue, three miles south of Keystone.
Law enforcement officers arrested Salazar and charged him with three counts of homicide by vehicle, preventing apprehension and OWI. Salazar is in the Benton County Jail on a $75,000 bond.
Dalia Iris Alfaro works as a dancer at Sin City, a gentleman’s club in southwest Houston which is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., according to the company website.
It was shortly before 6:30 a.m. when police saw Alfaro driving a silver Dodge pickup truck 60 miles an hour in a 35 mph zone on Westheimer near Gessner.
As the HPD officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, Alfaro fled westbound on Westheimer with the officer pursuing. Alfaro then struck a vehicle at the intersection of Kirkwood and Westheimer and continued without stopping.
And as quickly as the crash happened, a life was lost. Alfaro was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital Southwest to be treated for minor injuries and, after a blood draw, was determined to be legally drunk. Charges were then filed.
Alfaro was charged with murder and intoxication manslaughter. Her combined bond amounts totaled $80,000.
A Brownsville woman has been charged with intoxication manslaughter, accused of driving drunk and causing the death of another person Sunday night.
Jessica Iris Izaguirre, 28, remained jailed on a $500,000 bond Monday on one count of intoxication manslaughter, jail and court records show.
A criminal affidavit filed against Izaguirre by the Texas Department of Public Safety states she was intoxicated when her 2003 Buick Rendezvous struck Alfredo Guerrero, 18, of Palmview, as he tried to change a flat tire.
The incident happened at 9:17 p.m. Sunday on State Highway 48, near the SH 550 interchange outside Brownsville, the DPS officials reported.
State police said Guerrero had pulled over on the highway to change a flat tire on his 2012 Chevrolet Silverado. He got out of his vehicle to the check the truck’s spare tire when Izaguirre hit him.
Guerrero was taken to Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville, where he died,
A woman died early Saturday when a drunken driver smashed into the car she was driving in downtown Amarillo, police said.
Billy Don Ware, 37, was taken into custody and would be charged with intoxicated manslaughter, said Sgt. Warren Gross of Amarillo Police Department’s Traffic Investigation Squad. A passenger in the truck was arrested for public intoxication, Gross said.
Potter County jail records show that Ware was booked on a charge of intoxicated manslaughter early Saturday.
Ware was not in the jail Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
51-year-old Mary Nancy Encinias was driving the other vehicle at the time of the collision.
Encinias was transported to a local hospital where she later died from the injuries she received in the crash.