By FRANCISCO E. JIMENEZ
According to Public Information Officer Eddie Garcia of the Brownsville Police Department (BPD), a silver 2003 Ford Mustang was traveling east on Highway 100 when the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle and swerved into oncoming traffic. Garcia said that the Mustang appeared to have veered into the path of a 2007 Conn’s freightliner, which was traveling east. The vehicles hit head-on and came to a stop on the side of the road in front of Sunset Funeral Home.
According to Garcia, the car immediately burst into flames, killing a woman, the driver, and a child inside the Ford Mustang, who were identified as 23-year-old Elyssa Marie Garcia and her 11-month-old son Jabari Demarcus Garcia of Palmview.
Forty-five year-old Julio Garza Garcia, the driver of the freightliner, and 53-year-old passenger Aurelio Veraza, sustained minor injuries from the accident.
Police closed a stretch of Highway 100 in order to divert traffic from the scene of the accident. Garcia said that the initial 911 call was made at 3:54 p.m. with Brownsville police fire departments immediately responding to the scene. The Los Fresnos Fire Department and the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department arrived shortly thereafter.
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