Victoria man dies in 2-car wreck on Guadalupe River bridge (Video)

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

Sept. 16, 2013 at 4:16 a.m.
Updated Sept. 17, 2013 at 4:17 a.m.

A Victoria man died Monday night after a two-car wreck on Loop 463 on the Guadalupe River bridge.

The man, identified as Jonathon Stithem, 21, was driving a black Mazda north on the loop, also known as U.S. Highway 77, when he drove on the wrong side of the road for an unknown reason, said Sgt. Gabe Huber, with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The Mazda struck the front of a Dodge Challenger. A woman and two children were inside the Dodge Challenger, Huber said.

Their names, ages and city of residence were not known late Monday.

They were taken by ambulance to DeTar Hospital Navarro for serious but non-life-threatening injuries, said Roger Hempel, Victoria Fire Department battalion chief.

Three ambulances, one Victoria Fire Department truck and a fire engine from the Nursery Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene at 8:39 p.m., Hempel said.

The cause of the wreck is unknown. Trooper Josh Kelly will investigate.

The highway was expected to reopen for traffic after the Texas Department of Transportation workers sand the roadway to absorb any fluids left behind by the vehicles, Huber said. As of 11 p.m., the road was still closed.

A 25-year-old Victoria woman and her boyfriend came upon the scene and called 911.

Her boyfriend pulled out the two children and checked on the man, but he was unresponsive, she said.

"It was a horrible scene. The cars were so bad you couldn't tell it was two vehicles," she said. "Both of us did what we had to for those poor people. May God be with them and their families in this tragedy."



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