27-year-old John Albert Hernandez is charged with intoxication manslaughter in connection with a crash on Southwest Military Drive that killed 11-year-old Byran Barrientos and seriously injured three other people, San Antonio police investigators said.
Barrientos (seen in photo below) was riding in a truck with his 37-year-old mother and siblings, ages 9, 7, and 2, when a Ford Taurus, allegedly driven by Hernandez, struck the truck from behind just after 8 a.m. Monday.
The impact caused the family’s truck to veer into oncoming traffic and hit a minivan head on. The truck then flipped several times.
The mother and all four children were rushed to the hospital, along with the male driver of the minivan. Bryan was flown to University Hospital, but did not survive.
“At (8 a.m.) the last thing you would expect is for them to be struck by a drunk driver. And here it happens and a young 11-year-old boy is fatally injured,” said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus. “Very, very tragic.”
Bryan’s father, Enrique Barrientos, went to the hospital after he heard the news from his wife. “I saw all three children and my wife on the beds, but there was Bryan missing,” said Barrientos.
Bryan Barrientos was a sixth grader at Sam Rayburn Middle School in Northside ISD, where Enrique says he excelled in art. Bryan was supposed to receive an award for his work in the subject on Tuesday when classes resumed after the Columbus Day holiday.
San Antonio police arrested John Albert Hernandez in connection with the crash Monday afternoon. “I’m sorry about it. I’m sorry,” said Hernandez. “It was an accident."
The Barrientos family was involved in another drunk-driving accident on Christmas Day 2011, but the outcome of this crash was far more tragic. “It happens in the blink of an eye,” said Enrique Barrientos.
“I don’t have words to express the sadness of it all- for the family, the family friends,” said SAPD Chief William McManus.”How do you recover from something like that?”