Crash claims two near Maxwell
By LPR Staff
A working crew and a family had a tragic meeting on Highway 142 on Friday afternoon.
Traveling the slick highway over what has, in recent years, become the most dangerous stretch of Highway 142, a Ford F450 pulling a trailer and carrying a crew of five lost control, striking a minivan, rolling, a
nd eventually leaving two dead and four injured.
According to reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety’s San Marcos office, the truck, registered to Pipelayers, Inc., out of San Antonio, was traveling southbound (presumably, toward Martindale) on Highway 142, and had just crested the hill near Church Street when the driver, Rene Gangora Dominguez, of San Antonio, lost control. Authorities suspect the truck may have been traveling at an excessive rate of speed, and likely hydroplaned on the slick road.
The Ford, carrying five members of what appeared to be a highway-line-painting crew, and pulling a loaded flatbed trailer, crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic, where it collided with the 2007 Honda Odyssey minivan driven by San Marcos pastor David Aguillon.
Aguillon’s wife, Maria Angelica Acevedo Aguillon, 43, was killed on impact. Their son, one-year-old Angelo, was removed from the vehicle by a witness, and later transported to Dell Children’s Medical Center for treatment.
Aguillon himself was trapped in the vehicle for more than an hour, while crews worked to stabilize his condition and free him from the twisted wreckage that bound his legs and lower body.
He was transported by StarFlight to the trauma center at the University of Texas Medical School at Brackenridge.
In the truck, one back-seat passenger, identified as Jose Montes-Munoz, 42, of San Antonio, was killed when the truck rolled, after separating from the trailer, which also struck the Aguillon vehicle, splattering the vehicle with paint and littering the scene with construction material and debris.
Two of the truck’s other passengers, who were not identified to the media, were transported from the scene with non-life-threatening injuries, while two declined medical transport and remained on the scene for several hours prior to being released by law enforcement.
It is unclear whether Gangora Dominguez was injured in the crash, and DPS did not disclose whether charges would be pursued against him. The investigation into the crash is still pending.
According to her obituary, services for Aguillon, a mother of four, will be held in San Marcos on Saturday. Information was not available regarding Montes-Munoz’s services or survivors.