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Jaqueline Galindo in fatal single car crash in El Paso, Texas.

Reports coming out of El Paso, Texas state that Jaqueline Galindo, 18, was involved in a fatal single car accident. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 3 AM on the 5000 block of Gateway Boulevard South. Police believe that Galindo was driving south in a Dodge Neon when she lost control of the car. This caused the Dodge to hit a light pole. Galindo died from her injuries. It is believed that she was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. It is unknown as to why she lost control of the car. We wonder if there was a vehicle malfunction or if there was something in the road that she was attempting to avoid.

A driver was severely injured in Harlingen when their car was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer rig. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at about 4:30 AM on U.S. Expressway 77, north of Business 77. Police believe that the driver of the rig fell asleep at the wheel. This caused him to rear-end a Nissan Altima. The truck driver lost control of his rig and veered off the road, which caused him to crash into the underbrush. The truck driver was not injured, whereas the car driver was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Our thoughts and hearts go out to the first victim's family, who we imagine have been deeply affected by this tragedy. We also sincerely hope that the hospitalized victim has a speedy recovery. It is incredibly important to realize when one is not in a good condition to drive, including when one is sleep-deprived or when one is becoming sleepy at the wheel. If a driver begins nodding off at the wheel, pulling over to the side of the road is a good idea.

-- Article by Richard D. Weaver, a Texas personal injury attorney.

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