CBS 4 Exclusive: Driver was drunk, high at time of fatal Donna crash
In a CBS 4 Exclusive, never-before-seen surveillance video shows a red truck driven by Jose Angel Salinas slam into a white car that was carrying 6-year-old Rosie Tamez and her family.
You can see the red truck flip over seconds after slamming into the car, killing the little girl and landing her two parents and 2-year-old brother in the hospital.
"Unbelievable how the accident occurred and how so quick a life was lost and a family was destroyed in an instant," said Donna Police Chief Gilbert Guerrero, who ordered a toxicology report.
The results show Salinas was high and drunk when he crashed into the family.
"Salinas had an alcohol level of .204, which is almost three times the legal state limit," Guerrero said. "And we found other drugs in his system, actually five different kinds of drugs."
Those drugs included cocaine, meth, marijuana and more.
Salinas, who died at the scene of the crash on July 27 near FM 493 and Mile 10, was an undocumented immigrant.
"We asked his family for identification, and well, he didn't have any because he was not from here," said Guerrero.
New information released Thursday also confirms Salinas was speeding at the time of the fatal crash.
Now, Guerrero is making it his mission to do everything in his power to make sure a tragedy like this doesn't happen again.
"Alcohol and drugs were involved, so it really upsets me personally and the community wants answers for that," Guerrero said. "We're trying to enforce traffic laws more than ever."
Two family members remained in the hospital Thursday.
There were seven people injured in the accident in total.
The case remains under investigation, but Donna police say they do not believe any other people will be charged in the deadly crash.