Two children hurt in US 59 crash remain hospitalized

Nov. 22, 2012 at 5:22 a.m.
Updated Nov. 23, 2012 at 5:23 a.m.

Two children remained hospitalized Thursday, a day after they were hurt in a one-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Highway 59 that killed their grandmother.

Sgt. Gabe Huber, of the Department of Public Safety, said Maria G. Sanchez-Medellin, 56, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle when it crashed near Inez.

She was among seven family members - three adults and four children - who were inside the Ford Explorer when it crashed about 4:10 p.m., said Lt. Glen Garrett, of the DPS.

Bany Gallegos, of Houston, was traveling about 100 feet behind the Explorer when it started to roll, he said.

"I know as soon as it happened I pulled over and ran across the median. ... It seemed like forever, but it was pretty fast. I just put it in park and ran across the median. The Explorer was still kind of moving when I got there, it was just sliding," Gallegos said. "When it went to the median, it was just a big old dust storm. It was flipping."

He said Caleb Medellin, 9, and Camila Medellin, 4, were both ejected from the vehicle.

None of the four children in the car was wearing seat belts, Huber said.

"I was with Caleb. The little girl (Camila) was passed out the whole time, and Caleb kept coming in and out of consciousness, and I was just trying to keep him awake," Gallegos said.

Caleb was airlifted from the scene to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Hospital in Houston. A hospital spokesman said the boy was still in the hospital, but he would not release information about his condition.

Camila was transported to Citizens Medical Center by ambulance and then airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio. She is in critical but stable condition, a hospital spokesman said.

Cesar Medellin Jr., 12, was treated and released from Citizens Medical Center on Wednesday, a hospital spokeswoman said. Lesley Cuellar, 13, was released from Citizens Medical Center on Thursday.

The driver, Cesar Medellin, 34, was treated and released from Citizens Medical Center on Wednesday. His father who is Sanchez-Medellin's husband, Eusebio Medellin, 59, was released Thursday.

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, said Lt. Glen Garrett, of the DPS.



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