Maria D. Villegas Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash on I-35 in San Marcos

Maria D. Villegas Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash on I-35 in San Marcos

Maria D. Villegas Killed in San Marcos Two-Vehicle Crash on I-35 at Blanco River Exit

San Marcos, Texas (August 14, 2020) – A 70-year-old woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash early Thursday morning in San Marcos, according to officials.

The fatal crash happened around 2:00 a.m., August 13, on I-35 southbound at the Blanco River exit.

Police said a white 2009 Dodge Journey was traveling in the far-right lane behind a red 2016 Volvo semi-tractor trailer with a tandem trailer. The Dodge driver changed lanes to avoid a vehicle approaching from behind and rear-ended the Volvo.

A passenger in the Dodge, Maria D. Villegas, was taken to Ascension Seton Hays Hospital in Kyle, where she was pronounced dead. She was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The Dodge driver, 23-year-old Jose Alberto Garcia, was cited for not having a driver’s license, no insurance, and failure to control speed.

The crash remains under investigation.

We pass our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Maria D. Villegas.

Who May Make a Wrongful Death Claim in Texas?

A wrongful death claim for a family member may be brought by spouses, children, or parents. The State of Texas also allows the estate of the deceased to bring a survival action to recover for past medical expenses and conscious pain and suffering, as well as other non-economic damages which the deceased may have suffered before death. Texas does not permit brothers, sisters, cousins, or grandparents to assert any claims for the death of a family member.

Wrongful death claims require an attorney who understands the complexity of the damages caused by a significant loss. The lawyer representing the client has the responsibility to hire the necessary experts to help prove the case. 

If you have lost a loved one in a traffic accident, contact our law firm today to talk to an attorney who will help you in your case.

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The information for this article was obtained from public media and is for informational purposes. We understand this is a difficult time for the family of those affected by a tragic accident, and we offer our sincere condolences. While the idea of hiring a law firm may not feel appropriate at this time, as a public service we like to advise family of the following:
1. In some cases it may be very important to immediately begin securing evidence, including but not limited to photos of skid marks, photos of property damage, witness statements, the actual vehicle or other property involved in the incident, and other critical evidence before its disappears.
2. In Texas it is illegal for anyone to contact the family by telephone or in-person to convince the family to hire a law firm or attorney unless the family contacted the law firm or attornay first.
3. Under Texas law, wrongful death actions can be brought by a spouse (husband or wife), child (son or daughter), or parent (mother or father). A claim can also be brought on behalf of the deceased estate. the statute of limitations in Texas for wrongful death is two years from the date of the incident.