Sep 30 2008
A terrible car crash killed a mother and her two young daughters in San Antonio, Texas. The three were killed around 6:50 a.m., when the SUV they were riding in collided with an Allied Waste Services truck on Highway 90 at Mechler on the Far West Side.
The mom, 26-year-old Cynthia Garcia was taking her two daughters to school. She was trying to cross Highway 90 when her SUV was hit by an Allied Services truck. Cynthia and her two daughters died at the scene.
Joel is Cynthia Garcia’s father and grandfather of 6-year-old Abigail and her 9-year-old sister Desiree.
“I just hugged them this morning, said Joel. “And I told them I was leaving to work, man.”
But before Joel made it to work, he got a call with the tragic news and headed to the scene of the crash
“Uh, I just…I can’t believe it,” Joel said. “I can’t believe they’re in there.”
Sheriff’s deputies said when they arrived, the girls were still buckled into their mom’s Mitsubishi SUV.
“They removed the children and attempted to revive them,” explained Lt. Dennis Casillas of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department. “Uh, we had AirLife in route out here. AirLife was canceled when they could not revive the children.”
Sheriff’s deputies are still investigating why Garcia pulled out in front of the truck.
“She probably only saw headlights coming this way and maybe misjudged how big the vehicle was or how fast it was moving,” Lt. Casillas told News 4.
The driver of the Allied Waste Services truck was not injured and will not face any charges.
It was a difficult day at the Danielle’s and Abigail’s elementary school Friday.
Many parents had to explain what death is to their children for the first time.
The two girls were in the first and third grades at Potranco Elementary School.
Some parents learned the news as they showed up to drop off their children. However, instead of dropping their kids off for the day, they had to explain to them their Desiree and Abigail wouldn’t be coming back to school.
“Carissa’s never gone through anything like this, said parent Carol Reyes, whose daughter and friend and classmate of Abigail’s.
Reyes’ daughter didn’t take the news well.
“Her and Abigail would play on the playground together,” explained Reyes.
Parents were called this morning and were invited to be in class, as their children were told about Desiree and Abigail’s car crash.
“I know Carissa takes things kind of, you know, she starts to cry,” Reyes said. “So I said, I needed to be there with her.”
Reyes took her daughter home early, so they could talk more about what happened. Several other parents did the same.
“A couple of the kids started breaking down and crying,” Reyes told News 4. “Yeah, they did. It was hard.”
School officials said several counselors and additional support staff were on-hand all day Friday and would be available for as long as they’re needed.