A de@dly crash is being looked into after police in La Marque said an SUV flew off the Gulf Freeway and fell on a side road. Several paramedics were sent to the crash on I-45 near FM 1765 around 11:30 p.m. Monday.
Police said they think some, if not all, of the SUV’s occupants were ejected during the collision. Mercedes Jenkins, the 26-year-old SUV driver, struck the center wall while traveling down the Gulf Freeway. According to the investigators, she attempted to overcorrect when the SUV veered off the freeway.
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Jenkins was thrown out of the SUV and ki!!ed there. The two 6-year-olds and the two 3-year-olds in the automobile were all critically injured and taken by EMS to UTMB Health in critical condition. Authorities have not yet revealed what caused the fatal collision, although they have noted that no other cars were involved.
According to investigators, the driver may have been speeding when she lost control and struck the center wall. They said they do not currently know her relationship with the kids and are unclear if the kids are related.
A lady who has lived in the region for more than 30 years is among the lifetime residents of La Marque who have expressed their growing concerns about the section of I-45 where the accident occurred.
The lady said that the Gulf Freeway’s small lanes had been a serious safety concern ever since work to enlarge it began.
“It’s just not safe. There’s no lighting out here at night,” she said. “If you don’t know this area…I’ve been telling my mom since they started it, they need to hurry up and finish because it’s dangerous.”
Another local claimed that since work started, she has witnessed many wrecks. According to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, the frequency of accidents in the region has increased. According to the authorities, the lack of shoulders and the close spacing of the lanes make it potentially hazardous for drivers who are inexperienced with that section of the highway.
The Sheriff’s Office for Galveston County is still looking into the matter. The mom and the kids’ identities have not yet been made public.