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Encinal woman killed July 15 near Catarina
Families across La Salle County have begun hosting fundraisers via social media in support of seven-year-old Mason Reyes, who was seriously injured and lost his mother in a crash on Hwy 83 near Catarina on Wednesday evening, July 15.
A preliminary report on the fatal accident from the Dimmit County fire rescue service indicates emergency responders were dispatched shortly after 9:15 p.m. Wednesday to a scene at which they found that a pickup truck had sustained heavy damage in a front-end collision with an 18-wheel freight truck on the two-lane road. Firefighters reported that the driver of the pickup truck, identified as 29-year-old Vanessa Reyes of Encinal, was trapped in the cab and had succumbed to her injuries.
The driver’s son was reported as having suffered multiple bone fractures and was airlifted from the scene to San Antonio, where he was listed in serious condition.
Reports indicate Reyes had been on her way home to Encinal from a visit to Carrizo Springs when the accident occurred.
The Texas Highway Patrol is investigating possible causes of the crash. A report from the Laredo office of the Department of Public Safety indicates investigating troopers have found that Reyes’ 2015 GMC truck veered into the northbound lane of traffic about half a mile south of Catarina on Hwy 83 and collided with the Kenworth freighter. Investigators believe a distraction in the vehicle may have caused Reyes to allow her pickup truck to cross into the northbound lane.
The freight truck driver was evaluated for injuries at the scene of the crash and subsequently released.
Reyes was a 2009 graduate of Cotulla High School and a former employee of the office of La Salle County Judge Joel Rodriguez. Her son Mason will be starting second grade at Encinal Elementary School next month. Among those helping promote fundraising raffles for the family’s expenses are La Salle County Precinct 2 Constable Rene Maldonado and Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Roxanna Rodriguez.
Also attracting contributions from donors across the region is an online GoFundMe page for Mason Reyes.
Raffle organizers have indicated they are using the online format for fundraising to help avoid public gathering, such as for cook-outs or in-person food sales, following state and county directives on social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.