Woman killed in crash third death in family this year
Getting along with Sally Delores Sierra was easy, and that is the loving quality her family is going to miss most.
Sierra, 44, died after her blue Mercury Grand Marquis was struck by a Ford F-350 pickup heading south on U.S. Highway 87 at Farm-to-Market Road 447 on Monday night.
Two passengers, Jose Alberto Flores, 46, of Victoria, and an 11-year-old, were also injured. The two were taken to DeTar Hospital Navarro, and their conditions were not available Tuesday.
The preliminary investigation suggests Sierra was also southbound with the Ford F-350 and made a U-turn, said Gerald Bryant, Department of Public Safety spokesman.
Sierra's death is a devastating loss for the entire family, wrote Elena Alvarado, her cousin, in an email. Her death is the third the family has suffered this year.
Their grandmother, Benita Sierra, died in January, and then in February, a cousin, Delia Sierra, died.
Now, Sierra is gone.
"When I did get to see her and have a conversation with her, she was always very happy," wrote Alvarado. "She always had a big smile on her face."
Debbie Kay Sierra, another cousin, said Sierra was respected by many.
"Sally had a life full of love and hope, giving unconditional loving care to her children, family and friends," she wrote in a Facebook message. "People loved the company of having her around."
Sierra's cousins left messages for immediate family, but those messages were not returned as of Tuesday night.
"(She was) a beautiful spontaneous woman with a smile and amazing personality that would light up a room without saying a word," Debbie wrote.
Two fatal wrecks have occurred at the intersection since 2009: the one Monday and one in 2011 in which two people died, according to data collected from Texas Peace Officer's Crash Reports.
In July 2011, Judy and David Sullivan died after their vehicle was rear-ended when turning onto FM 447. Shortly after the wreck, the Victoria Metropolitan Planning Organization's policy advisory committee allocated $21,000 for a study of the road.
Flashing lights and a reduction in speed limit from 70 to 55 mph were two changes made, according to Advocate archives. More changes are expected in 2016.