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Family killed in Lavaca County was going to Dallas concert

By Sonny Long
June 20, 2012 at 1:20 a.m.


The four people killed in Tuesday afternoon's three-vehicle crash in Lavaca County were headed from the Rio Grande Valley to Dallas for a Van Halen concert.

Felipe Antonio Garcia, 39, and his two children - Brandon Michael Garcia, 9, and Anthony Cesar Garcia, 10 - are all from Brownsville, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety report.

The fourth person in the 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac was Garcia's girlfriend, Christine Salazar, 42, of McAllen, according to officials.

DPS spokesman Gerald Bryant said family members confirmed the group's travel plans when they were contacted about the fatal crash.

The four were traveling north on Alternate U.S. Highway 77, a half-mile north of Alternate U.S. Highway 90 near Hallettsville when the crash occurred.

Garcia lost control of the Explorer on the wet roadway and crossed into the southbound lane. The vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer driven by Thomas Jimenez, of Yoakum, according to the DPS report.

The truck then jack-knifed into the northbound lane and struck a 2007 Honda CRV.

Felipe Garcia had a U.S. Army identification card, said Lavaca County Justice of the Peace Michael Andes.

Comments left on the Brownsville Herald website through Facebook indicate Garcia was a former U.S. Marine and a staff sergeant in the National Guard.

Four people from Plano in the Honda CRV were treated for minor injuries at Lavaca Medical Center in Hallettsville and released.

They are Judith Patton, 61; Dylan Jackson, 9; Ally Jackson, 14; and Ryan Edward Jackson, 12.

The truck driver was not injured.

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