Teen injured in alleged racing wreck taken off life support

Georgina Rodriguez, 16, taken off life support; Gabriela Lerma, 17, killed in crash

Published On: Feb 20 2013 12:05:29 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 20 2013 12:02:02 PM CST

A teen injured in a deadly crash on the Northwest Side Tuesday afternoon that claimed the life of a Brandeis High School student has been taken off life support.

Georgina Rodriguez (pictured above), 16, was taken off life support at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, said Lorraine Efron, the family's attorney. Georgina, who was a passenger in the back seat, was still alive Wednesday and her family is by her side.

"Its was devastating to speak to the mother yesterday, said Efron. "And, to hear the pain and agony in her voice, such a beautiful young lady with such a bright future. It's just devastating." 

And although Rodriguez is still alive, Efron said she suffers from a traumatic brain injury, several fractures, a broken jaw and a severed artery.

"They (the family) are in shock, in grief and in desperate despair," said Efron. They plan to be at her side until the very end."

The only hope now, said Efron, is that Rodriguez, who worked part time at HEB and had aspirations of becoming a neo-natal nurse, will pull through.

"They are grateful to be there," she said of the family. "They are praying for a miracle."

Efron said that Rodriguez's brother also  went to school at Brandeis with her, but that right now, he and the rest of her family are by her side at University Hospital.

Rodriguez has been unresponsive since she was taken to the hospital.

Street racing blamed in crash

Investigators said 17-year-old Gabriela Lerma (pictured below) died as a result of the accident that happened just before noon Tuesday on the Loop 1604 access road near Hausman Road. She was riding in the back seat.

Two other students, 19-year-old Antonio Flores, who was driving and Monique Castaneda, 18, who was riding in the front seat, are being treated at University Hospital.

Investigators believe the deadly crash was the result of street racing.

The four teens left campus to grab lunch and, on the way back, Flores reportedly tried to race another vehicle. He lost control when he tried to pass a truck that was making a left turn.

Driving the pickup truck was Ricardo Sandoval, 49, along with passenger, Oscar Rios, 27.

Investigators are still looking for the second car that was allegedly involved.

On Wednesday, grief counselors came to Brandeis to help students cope with the tragedy.

KSAT reporter Stephanie Serna contributed to this report.