A Department of Public Safety reconstruction crew will be working on South Highway 281 today as they piece evidence together of a Friday accident that sent four people to the hospital, including a sheriff’s deputy with non-life threatening injuries.
According to Sheriff Oscar Lopez, Deputy Brandon Torres was released from a Corpus Christi hospital Friday evening after being flown there by HALO-Flight. The other four individuals in the Chevrolet Trailblazer involved in the accident were taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, officials said.
Sheriff Lopez said Torres had an appointment to see his doctor Monday and could possibly get a doctor’s release to return to work.
“I saw him today (Monday) and he was in good spirits,” said Sgt. Javier Montalvo with the sheriff’s department.
Lopez said when the police investigation is finished, his department will take it from there.
Police will continue to look into the case and decide sometime today who will be cited.
“We are still working on it and we are talking to more people,” Lt. Santiago Soliz with the police department said.
He said a reconstruction DPS team would block off Highway 281 where the incident happened to re-enact the accident.
On Friday, Deputy Torres apparently hit a Chevrolet Trailblazer on the driver’s side that caused him to flip into the grassy eastside of the highway about 2 p.m. According to officers at the scene who spoke to witnesses, Torres was behind the Trailblazer at the time of the accident.
At this time there is speculation whether speed played a factor and after the reconstruction is finished, the accident on who hit whom could be solved, Soliz said Monday.
“The important thing is that nobody’s injured,” he said. “What we do know is that seatbelts played a big part in this accident for saving lives.”