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Port Lavaca teen dies in morning crash

By Bianca Montes
March 1, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 1, 2014 at 9:02 p.m.

Officials clean up the wreckage Saturday morning on the Port Lavaca causeway that claimed the life of Estevan Christian Marin, 17, of Port Lavaca. Department of Public Safety officials are investigating the cause of the crash.

A Port Lavaca teen died in a multi-vehicle wreck Saturday morning on the Lavaca Bay causeway.

Estevan Christian Marin, 17, was taken to Citizens Medical Center and pronounced dead at 6:52 a.m., said Trooper Gerald Bryant, a Department of Public Safety spokesman.

Marin's mother, Catherine Gamez-Rosenbrock, of Port Lavaca, said the family was devastated.

"At this time, we are all in mourning. He will be forever loved and missed," Gamez-Rosenbrock wrote in an email. "He will always be my son, a dad to his beautiful daughter, Aniya, and a beloved brother. He will always be remembered by his friends, as well."

According to the DPS report, a 2010 Chevrolet Impala was northbound on the causeway and traveling behind a 2002 Buick Park Avenue driven by James Tucker, 33, of Victoria, when it struck the back right side of the Park Avenue.

The Impala hit the guardrail, crossed the median and went into the southbound lane of traffic, Bryant said. A heavy fog was noted as a road condition on the crash report.

The Impala was then struck in the right rear of the vehicle by a 2013 Ford F-150 driven by Phillip Garcia Jr., 24, of Bloomington, which was southbound on the causeway, which is also known as state Highway 35, according to the report. Garcia said he was heading home from his shift at Formosa Plastics in Point Comfort.

Garcia was taken to Citizens Medical Center, where he was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

After colliding with the F-150, the Impala struck another guardrail on the southbound side of the causeway and came to a rest. Marin was a rear passenger in the Impala.

Other passengers in the vehicle were Katrina Baldera, 20, and Stephen Richard Laquay, 21, both of Port Lavaca. Both were transported to Citizens Medical Center.

Baldera is in stable condition, and Laquay was treated and released, the hospital spokeswoman said.

Trooper Jessie Chavana is investigating the cause of the wreck with the assistance of Sgt. Jim Vincent and Sgt. Gabe Huber. The Port Lavaca Police Department and the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office also assisted at the scene.

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