Young Mother Killed in Wrong Way Wreck

All five northbound lanes of I-35E were closed by the wreck

By Amanda Guerra
|  Sunday, Jun 17, 2012  |  Updated 11:14 PM CDT
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A young mother was killed early Sunday morning when deputies say a wrong-way driver slammed into her car.

Amanda Guerra, NBC 5 News

A young mother was killed early Sunday morning when deputies say a wrong-way driver slammed into her car.

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A young mother was killed early Sunday morning when deputies say a wrong-way driver slammed into her car.

Officers said 21-year-old Santiago Morin Gonzales was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-35 near Commonwealth around 7:30 a.m. Sunday when he collided with three other vehicles.

Maria Vasquez, 33, was killed in the accident.

“Vasquez’s vehicle was T-boned by two different vehicles," said Dallas County Sheriff Spokeswoman Carmen Castro. "Basically her car ended up being sandwiched between two others.”

Family members said Vasquez had just dropped off her son, who is almost two, at her parents when the wreck occurred. She was on her way to work.

The other drivers involved in the wreck were not seriously injured.

All five northbound lanes of the freeway were closed due to the collision until around noon.

Multiple emergency crews including Dallas Police, Fire, Sheriff's office and TxDOT crews worked on re-opening the freeway. A hazmat crew was called out to the scene to clean up a fuel spill.

Late Sunday night, deputies booked Gonzales into jail on charges of intoxicated manslaughter and intoxicated assault.

His bond is set at $200,000.

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