LEAGUE CITY — Sebastian Yanez said he is “speechless” when it comes to expressing his feelings after his father, mother, little brother and an uncle were killed in a car crash late Sunday night.
Friends have rallied around Yanez and another brother as they try to make funeral arrangements for the family.
Rafael Guerrero, 41, his wife, Alejandra Guerrero, 38, Luis Angel Guerrero, 13, and Alejandra Guerrero’s brother, Gilberto Ortega Jr., 25, were killed when an SUV that was speeding away from police slammed into their Honda Accord as they returned home from doing laundry.
Juan Garcia Ahuezoteco, 23, the driver of the Dodge Durango that hit the Honda, also was killed, as was his cousin Alejandro Molina, a passenger.
Dickinson police said Ahuezoteco sped away after an officer tried to pull him over. The officer reported seeing the SUV swerving and driving without its headlights. The SUV sideswiped another car near Deats Road and Ohio Street before driving off at more than 100 mph, police said.
A short while later the Dodge slammed into the Guerreros’ car as they attempted to turn onto Ohio Street from FM 646 in League City.
Yanez and a younger brother Daniel Guerrero, 16, are the only members of his immediate family to survive. Police found Daniel’s passport in the car after the crash and at first thought he was among those killed.
Yanez confirmed that Luis Guerrero is actually 13. Police initially said the McAdams Junior High School student was 15.
The surviving brothers are staying with their mother’s sister as they try to make funeral arrangements.
Adrian Ponce, a lifelong friend of Yanez, and some other friends launched an online fundraiser to help cover funeral costs. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than $10,000 had been raised.
Ponce said he hopes to get about $35,000 so that arrangements can be made to bury the family in Mexico. Some of the money may be used to help Yanez and his brother with other expenses, Ponce said.
“There has been lots of support for the family,” Ponce said. “They didn’t have any life insurance, and it is expensive to bury four family members. Anything (people) can donate helps.”
Santana Funeral Directors in Houston is handling the arrangements, Yanez said.
Ponce, who has known Yanez since the two were in second grade, said his friend “is doing the best he can for someone who lost four family members.”
The Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday confirmed that all six people killed in the crash died of blunt force trauma injuries.
As League City Police accident investigators piece together the accident, the Dickinson Police Department’s internal affairs division will investigate to determine whether officer Daniel Banda followed the department’s pursuit policy.
That investigation is standard procedure, Dickinson Police Chief Ron Morales said.
On Tuesday, County Court No. 3 Judge Kerri Foley confirmed that Ahuezoteco was wanted on an outstanding DWI warrant after he failed to show up for court in December. However, the judge said the charge was a Class A misdemeanor, not a felony as police had initially said.
The August 2013 arrest by state troopers was Ahuezoteco’s first DWI offense, court records show, explaining why it was a misdemeanor charge and not a felony. Court records also show that Ahuezoteco lived in League City but is a resident of Mexico.
Officials have not confirmed whether Ahuezoteco was in the country legally.