Alvin teen dies after Labor Day accident
GALVESTON — A teenager seriously injured in a Labor Day wreck has died, authorities said Wednesday.
Sasha Soto, 15, of Alvin was among four teenagers hurt when a pickup struck a concrete barricade and flew into a column supporting an Interstate 45 bridge.
Soto, the front-seat passenger, and driver Francisco Briceno, 18, of Rosharon were flown by medical helicopter to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston shortly after the 5:57 p.m. wreck.
Soto suffered head trauma and died at 6:52 p.m. Tuesday at the medical branch, said John Florence, a spokesman for the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office. Deputies investigating the wreck didn’t know whether she was wearing a seat belt.
The single-vehicle wreck happened at the I-45 exit to state Highway 6 near La Marque. The pickup made the exit, struck a curb, entered a grassy median and traveled 64 feet before hitting a concrete barricade, said Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.
The pickup re-entered the roadway and struck a guardrail. The truck then became airborne and traveled 50 feet while rotating counterclockwise. The passenger side of the pickup then struck a column supporting the southbound lanes of I-45, Tuttoilmondo said.
Deputies believed Luis Mandujano, 19, of Alvin was thrown from the truck through the rear windshield. Ambulances took the other passenger, Francisco Soto, 17, of Alvin and Mandujano to the medical branch. It is believed Briceno, Francisco Soto and Mandujano were released from the hospital.
The wreck report completed by the sheriff’s office listed driver inattention, distraction in the vehicle and failure to control speed as factors in the wreck, Tuttoilmondo said. No charges were filed, but the case remained under review Wednesday by the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office, he said.