Corpus Christi – Driver identified following a crash on South Padre Island Drive
Posted on Monday, January 7th, 2019 at 9:06 am
A wrong-way driver caused a fatal accident on South Padre Island Drive, near Airline Road.
According to preliminary reports, the wreck occurred at around 5:09 a.m. Authorities arrived at the 6000 block of South Padre Island Drive following a call reporting a collision. The crash happened when a grey SUV, which was traveling on the wrong side of the road, collided with another SUV.
The impact of the collision left the second vehicle in total wreck. Its occupant who was identified only as a 71-year-old Hispanic man was trapped inside the car when police arrived. He sustained minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment. It remains unknown if the three other occupants of the SUV have been injured.
The driver of the wrong-way SUV died at the scene of the crash. He was identified as 28-year-old Richard Lopez.
The Corpus Christi Police Department is heading the investigation.