Contact Us

Driver In Goliad Accident Identified

The driver of a one-vehicle wreck that killed 14 illegal immigrants and injured nine others has been released by Department of Public Safety officials. According to the Victoria Advocate’s Jennifer Preyss, Trooper Gerald Bryant said Ricardo Mendoza-Pineda, 22, of Mexico, has been identified as the driver of the 2000 Ford F-250 extended cab pickup truck that was carrying 22 Guatemala and Honduras nationals north on U.S. Highway 59 toward Goliad.

Mendoza-Pineda was the only Mexican resident. He was among 11 people who died on impact about 6:30 p.m. Sunday when the truck struck two trees. The right front tire appeared to have lost its tread about 300 yards away before impact. The wreck occurred about three miles south of Farm-to-Market Road 1351 on U.S. Highway 59. The highway’s speed limit is 75 mph and DPS officials said the truck would likely have been traveling at least that fast.

Bryant said several of the bodies have been identified, but they are not releasing the identities until their families are notified. Eleven of the deceased were men and three were women, including two girls 8 and 10 years old. Nine survivors of the wreck were transported to area hospitals.

Check Wednesday’s Victoria Advocate for a full update.

More From KIXS 108

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kixs.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on KIXS FM 108 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on KIXS FM 108 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!