TEXAS CITY — A Texas City man is accused of driving while intoxicated in a one-vehicle wreck that killed his 3-year-old son and sent two of his other children to the hospital Thursday.
Jesse Galicia, 23, was charged with driving while intoxicated with a child passenger and tampering with evidence following the wreck on Interstate 45 near Highway 146. He was being held Friday in the Galveston County Jail on bonds totaling $310,000.
Shortly after Galicia lost control of his 2009 Chevy TrailBlazer, causing the vehicle to roll over onto the feeder road, he removed several items from the SUV, Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said. Drugs were found in and near the vehicle, authorities allege.
Galicia’s 3-year-old son, also named Jesse Galicia, and his 5-year-old daughter were thrown from the vehicle. The 3-year-old died of severe blunt force trauma, according to the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Galicia’s 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son remained at the University of Texas Medical Branch on Friday, where they were undergoing treatment for serious injuries, Trochesset said.
A 7-month-old infant who was strapped into a child seat in the vehicle was treated at the scene of the accident and given to her grandmother, Trochesset said.
Three more booster seats were found in the wrecked SUV, and investigators were working Friday to determine whether the seats were being used at the time of the accident, he said.
Galicia told deputies the vehicle’s steering wheel malfunctioned before the crash, Trochesset said. Investigators continued to inspect the vehicle Friday.
Trochesset said people who saw the crash assisted at the scene by administering CPR to the 3-year-old child and helping however they could until medical personnel arrived.
The children’s mother, Hillary Alaniz, told KHOU-TV she heard about the accident Thursday from her mother-in-law. Alaniz said she did not know Galicia to be a drug user.
“I know he has been stressing, but I did not know he was taking anything,” she told KHOU-TV. “I always told him not to drive if he was on anything.”
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