SAN ANTONIO -- A Brandeis High School student involved in a two-vehicle crash on the access road of Loop 1604 on the Northwest Side Tuesday has died. Police have identified the teen as 17-year-old Gabriela Lerma.
News 4 spoke to Lerma's uncle, Brian Uriegas late Tuesday night. "It's unbelievable more than anything we're still trying to wrap our heads around what's going on, " said Uriegas. Uriegas went on to say his niece played softball, and had big dreams ahead of her.
The accident happened around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at North Loop 1604 West and West Hausman Road.
According to officials at the scene, a pickup truck pulling a trailer and a Mitsubishi Lancer were both traveling along the access road of Loop 1604 and approaching Hausman Road.
As the driver of the truck was attempting to make a left turn onto Hausman Road, the driver of the Mitsubishi tried to go around the truck in the left turn-only lane. The two vehicles collided and the car slammed into a light pole. The truck ended up on the concrete embankment on access road.
Police are investigating whether or not there was a third vehicle involved, whose driver may have been racing with the driver of Mitsubishi.
Northside Independent School District is working closely with police to identify the driver of the other car that police say took off after the crash.
Four Brandeis High School students, a male who was driving and three female passengers, were in the Mitsubishi. All four were taken to University Hospital. One of the students was listed in critical condition as of Tuesday night.
Two people in the truck were taken to Baptist Hospital.
Northside ISD will have counselors on hand at Brandeis High School Wednesday for students and staff.
"It's scary because I have a senior, my oldest son, he drives and leaves for lunch everyday," said parent Jo Jimenez.