SAN ANTONIO - A father with a criminal past is facing more charges after police say he had a six pack of beer in his car when he crashed, killing his wife and three of his children.
The crash happened shortly after midnight Monday morning at a construction site on Medina Base Road near 5 Palms Drive near Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Police said Larry Demers, 35, lost control of his car and hit a bulldozer. His wife and their two- and three-year-old boys died on impact. The couple's five-year-old son died later in the day at the hospital. Their older son was still fighting for his life.
Police say it appears the children were not buckled in properly.
A nearby resident Henry Zimmerle heard the accident and ran out to help.
"He was unconscious when he came to. I think so much alcohol that he was drinking that he stated, 'Get in the car. Let's go!' Like he didn't even know what occurred. I guess he still thought they were at the place they were coming from," recalled Zimmerle.
Demers’ blood alcohol level was checked, but those results are not yet available. He has been booked on three counts of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault. Now police are looking to upgrade those charges. Demers has been in trouble with the law before on drugs charges.