Mother, infant killed in crash


An 11-month-old baby boy and his mother died Friday in a two-car colli­sion off of US Highway 100 and California Road in Los Fresnos.

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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