Four Killed in Hwy 90 Drunk Driving Truck Accident in San Antonio

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 16-Apr-2013

A tragic 18 wheeler accident in San Antonio claimed the lives of a Brackettville family when they were struck by an alleged drunk driver on Hwy 90 near Loop 1604 on Sunday morning, officials reported.

The family was identified by police as: Melissa Koontz, 46; Kenneth Koontz, 46; Madison Koontz 18 and Marley Koontz,15. The only survivor of the crash, in addition to the driver of the semi-truck, was identified as Zach Koontz, who was transported to University hospital and most recently listed in critical condition.

According to officials, the Koontz family was traveling on Hwy 90 in San Antonio, when a wrong-way 18 wheeler collided with their SUV.

Police said the driver of the 18 wheeler truck, identified as Ruben Galindo, was arrested. Galindo was charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of those killed in this tragic accident.

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