Triple Fatality Could be Result of Road Rage - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/14/03

Triple Fatality Could be Result of Road Rage

The other wreck occurred Sunday night, killing a Lubbock mother and two of her children. It happened off of Highway 84, and now Slaton Police are investigating the accident as a possible case of road rage.

The wreck happened on the south side of Slaton. Three vehicles were involved and if the investigation proves road rage is the cause, the driver accused faces involuntary man slaughter, a second degree felony. Now we talk to investigators to better understand road rage and it's deadly consequences.

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Sunday afternoon, Slaton Police say the drivers of a Lincoln Continental, a tractor trailer and an SUV were all headed toward Lubbock, when they wrecked and three people were killed. "Some preliminary information is that the Lincoln was changing lanes and may have struck the SUV causing it to lose control, temporarily came back on the road striking the Lincoln, then Lincoln then striking the tractor trailer then the SUV went over the median," said Slaton Police Chief Jeff Creager.

According to Slaton Police Chief Jeff Creager, the SUV flipped several times ejecting two children Cassandra and Celestina Flores from the back seat. Their mother, Veronica Flores the driver was wearing her seatbelt, but all three died at the scene. "From preliminary reports its a possibility that road rage was a factor in the accident," Creager said.

LPD Captain Richard Foster is also on the South Plains Coalition for Accident Prevention, he explains the dangers of road rage. "Often times the catalyst for road rage is aggressive driving, drivers that are speeding, in a hurry that disregard stop signs, signals, drivers that tailgate, make unsafe lane changes, disregard other traffic laws."

Captain Foster says the result of road rage is catastrophic as a vehicle becomes a weapon.

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NewsChannel 11 did try to contact the driver of the Lincoln but we were unable to get ahold of him.

There was also a ten year old boy in the SUV, Chris Flores. He was wearing a seatbelt and is in satisfactory condition. A fund has been set up for him and to help cover the family funeral costs at any American State Bank.

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