SAN ANTONIO – Family and friends remembered an Edison High School senior who died over the weekend.
DPS troopers said late Sunday afternoon, Carlos de Luna veered his car into oncoming traffic while on Highway 57 just West of La Pryor. Both he and a 35-year-old man from Dallas died in the three-car crash.
On Thursday evening, a crowd of 90 shared stories and grieved the 19-year-old, who planned to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio
Most of the mourners were students coming out during spring break.
"He was like a brother to me. He was like my little brother," said Damaris Trevino, de Luna’s cousin.
Trevino remembers when de Luna moved with his family to San Antonio from Nueva Rosita two years ago. She said she'll miss the laughs and the hugs.
"The sweetest boy ever. He was very sweet," Trevino said.
The day of his death is bittersweet for the family. De Luna was on his way home to see his sister, who was pregnant and due at any time. She gave birth within a half-hour of his death. She named her little girl Carla, after him.
Trevino knows evidence showed he caused the crash, which also killed another man. A Department of Public Safety sergeant said there's no way to know what's behind it.
"I can't answer as far as we know what the contributing factor of the crash was, but we don't know if there was any distractions, if fatigue was a factor," DPS Staff Sgt. Conrad Hein said.
The sergeant said the department is preparing a more in-depth report, which should show more details about the crash. That could happen next week.
The family is having a funeral in Mexico first and then will have a service in San Antonio.
"I'm sorry for the other family, for their loss too, but we lost him too and nobody should judge," Trevino said.
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