Woman dies, 6 hurt on US 59 (Video)
Nov. 21, 2012 at 5:21 a.m.
Updated Nov. 22, 2012 at 5:22 a.m.
A 56-year-old woman died Wednesday in a one-vehicle rollover crash that occurred Wednesday on the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 59 just south of Inez.
Sgt. Gabe Huber, of the Department of Public Safety, said Maria G. Sanchez-Medellin, of Houston, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle when it crashed.
She was among seven family members - three adults and four children - who were inside the Ford Explorer when it wrecked about 4:10 p.m., said Lt. Glen Garrett, of the Department of Public Safety.
Only one adult, a front-seat passenger, was wearing a seat belt. And none of the three children - ages 12, 13, 9 and 4 - was wearing a seat belt, Huber said.
In all, six passengers were transported to regional hospitals.
Cesar Medellin, 34, was driving the vehicle. His father, Eusebio Medellin, 59, was the front seat passenger, who was wearing a seat belt.
In the back of the Explorer were Cesar Medellin's children, his niece, and his mother, who died in the crash.
Caleb Medellin, 9, was airlifted from the scene to Hermann Memorial Healthcare System in Houston, said Trooper Wayne Cipriani, of the DPS.
Camila Medellin, 4, was transported to Citizens Medical Center by ambulance and then airlifted to San Antonio University Hospital, he said.
Lesley Cuellar, the driver's 13-year-old niece; Cesar Medellin Jr., 12; and Eusebio Medellin were taken to Citizens Medical Center in Victoria.
The victims were traveling from Houston to Tamaulipas, Mexico, Cipriani said.
The preliminary investigation shows a tire malfunction, possibly tread coming off one of the tires, caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, which rolled and entered the northbound lanes, Garrett said.
The wreck remains under investigation.