3 Victoria men killed in crash identified

Amber Aldaco By Amber Aldaco

July 15, 2017 at 11:04 a.m.
Updated July 15, 2017 at 11:04 a.m.

A tow truck transports a four-door Chevrolet on U.S. 87 near Wood Hi Road. Three men were killed after the Chevrolet rear-ended a trailer that was being towed by a pickup. The accident was reported between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Thursday.

A tow truck transports a four-door Chevrolet on U.S. 87 near Wood Hi Road. Three men were killed after the Chevrolet rear-ended a trailer that was being towed by a pickup. The accident was reported between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Thursday.   Ana Ramirez for The Victoria Advocate

The names of three Victoria men killed in a two-vehicle crash Thursday night were released Saturday by the Department of Public Safety.

The men killed were all in a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze: Isaac Suniga III, 22, of Victoria; Danie Rene Garcia Jr., 24, of Victoria; and Joe Ricky Barbontin Jr., 18, of Victoria. They were declared dead on the scene Thursday by Justice of the Peace Robert Whitaker. The crash was on U.S. 87 at Wood Hi Road.

The Cruze struck the rear end of a 1997 white Ford pickup pulling a trailer. The pickup driver was Timothy Don Green, 43, of Victoria. A passenger was Charles Andy McCluagherty, 72, of Victoria. Both were treated at the scene and were released.

Witnesses say the Cruze was speeding and struck the travel trailer, a 1998 Wildcat Travel Trailer, which was attached by a tow dolly to the pickup. All vehicles were traveling northbound on U.S. 87.

The tow dolly and Wildcat Travel Trailer detached from the pickup after the Cruze struck the trailer, and the three vehicles went into the shoulder and came to a stop right outside the shoulder. Both the travel trailer and the Cruze caught fire.

The crash happened 4 miles southeast of Victoria at 10:43 p.m. Thursday.

Trooper Ruben San Miguel said he did not know whether the trailer had working lights. The crash remains under investigation.


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