Crash victim finds faith before death

Denise Marie Salazar

McAllen police are investigating the cause of deadly two-car crash that happened near Violet and McColl early Sunday morning.

Denise Marie Salazar was heading home from her job at a bar in downtown McAllen when she hit a light pole and another car head on.

Salazar TMs father, Efren Salazar, said he worried about his daughter working late.

I didn TMt approve of her job at those hours, you know traveling back and forth in the middle of the night, Efren Salazar said.

Efren Salazar said he watched recent news stories of families in the Rio Grande Valley tragically losing loved ones in car accidents.

He said he now understands their pain.

"I know what those other families are going through. For their loss, my heart goes out to all of them as well," Efren Salazar said.

McAllen police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Efren Salazar said the only comfort he feels now is knowing that a week before she died, she accepted God into her life.

"That's one ease I got in my heart right now, that I know she left in good hands with God," Efren Salazar said.

Denise leaves behind a 1-year-old daughter.

A fund has been set up at Wells Fargo under Richard M. Garcia to help pay for funeral costs.

The funeral ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, 10 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church in Edinburg.