2018-09-12 / Front Page

Trucker to go on trial for family’s deadly S-curve wreck

Staff Writer

Jury selection will begin Monday in the trial of a Weslaco trucker on four counts of criminally negligent homicide. The fatal accident took place Christmas Eve 2016 on the Highway 186 Scurve west of Raymondville.

Antonio Quintero-Valdez Jr. is accused of driving an 18- wheel tractor-trailer rig unsafely, allegedly causing the deaths of Luis R. Cantu, 34, his wife, Elizabeth Murad, 37; and their children Delroy Cantu, 14; and Luis R. Cantu, 8, who were in a pickup truck.

Texas Department of Transportation officials announced earlier this year there are plans to straighten the intersection with FM 1834, known as “Dead Man’s Curve.” The speed limit at the site of the accident is 70 miles an hour but when the highway reaches Raymondville city limits, a short distance away, the speed limit drops to 30 mph.

A spokesman for the Willacy County District Clerk’s Office said he did not know if the trial will be held in Judge Migdalia Lopez’s 197th state District Courtroom in Raymondville or if it will be held in Lopez’s courtroom in Brownsville.

A spokeswoman in Lopez’s Raymondville office refused to release any information on the case.

A civil lawsuit filed by relatives of the deceased family members is also working its way through the court system.

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