AUSTIN (KXAN) — 4:46 p.m. update: According to the Kyle Police Department Wilson Molinares is at the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Four people are dead after a wrong-way driver crashed into a minivan they were travelling in, Kyle police say. The three-vehicle crash happened around 1 a.m. Friday on Interstate 35 at the Kyle Parkway exit.
Police say they originally received a 911 call for a driver in a Honda Civic going southbound in the northbound lanes of I-35 at 1:31 a.m. Moments later, a second 911 call came in saying there was a crash in the area.
Initial information indicates the driver of the Civic, 22-year-old Wilson Molinares, of San Marcos, ran head-on into a minivan carrying a family of six. The driver of the minivan, 31-year-old Heinrich Martens; along with husband and wife, Margaretha Hildebrand, 27 and Gerard Hiebert Peters, 30; as well as their 16-month-old boy Jacob Hiebert, all died at the scene of the crash.
The family’s two young girls, Helena Hiebert, 6, and Mikayla Hiebert, 3, managed to walk away from the crash with minor injuries.
- Note: The northbound lanes of I-35 will be closed by Kyle officials Sunday, Feb. 21, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to reconstruct the crash for investigators.
Authorities say the family in the minivan were Mexican nationals who were residents of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. While a family member traveled from Canada to Texas, the two girls were in the care of Child Protective Services. Friday evening we learned the two girls were released into the custody of their family.
When Justice of the Peace Beth Smith arrived at the scene of the crash, she knew it was going to be a tragic night. “It was horrific. I knew immediately that when I got there that there were going to be several deceased,” said Smith in a news conference.
A third vehicle, a pick-up truck being driven by 23-year-old Luke Barone, was damaged after the minivan was pushed into his truck. He refused treatment at the scene.
While they are still waiting on blood results, authorities believe alcohol may have played a part in the deadly crash. Friday afternoon, the city of Kyle said toxicology results have not come back. Molinares is currently in critical condition at University Medical Center Brackenridge. Texas State University confirms Moinares is a student at its school.
Police are trying to determine where Molinares got on to I-35 going in the wrong direction. “He could’ve gotten on in Austin and made it that far, no one knows for sure since they don’t have any witnesses that saw him get on,” explained Smith.
Smith says the section of frontage road where the crash happened hasn’t been a two-way road in several years.
Northbound lanes of I-35 were closed for several hours while police investigated the crash. All lanes were back open by 6:30 a.m.