Driver, 3-year-old child killed in head-on crash in Far Northwest Bexar County identified

Drugs, speed believed to be factors in crash, sheriff says

By Mariah Medina - Digital Journalist, Alicia Barrera - Multimedia Journalist, Ken Huizar - Photojournalist

BEXAR COUNTY, Texas - UPDATE: A 3-year-old who was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition following a head-on crash Saturday afternoon in Far Northwest Bexar County has died.

The medical examiner's office identified the child as Peyton Cawley. 

(Previously)

One person was killed and a 3-year-old was flown to a hospital in critical condition following a head-on crash Saturday afternoon in Far Northwest Bexar County, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said.

The crash happened in the 9600 block of Farm to Market Road 1560 North near Helotes. Sheriff Javier Salazar said that two men, both in their late teens or early 20s, were driving south on FM 1560 at a high rate of speed when they veered into oncoming traffic. Salazar said the driver, identified by the Bexar county medical examiner's office Sunday as 17-year-old Juan Pablo Ochoa, sideswiped a vehicle.

Ochoa, traveling in a white vehicle, continued down the road and hit an Acura carrying a family of four head-on, Salazar said. In the Acura, there were two parents in the front seat and a 3-month-old baby and a 3-year-old in the back seat. The 3-year-old was airlifted to University Hospital, Salazar said. 

Ochoa is believed to have died on impact and the passenger was taken to University Hospital in unknown condition. Authorities have not yet spoken with the passenger for more information on what led up to the crash, but preliminarily, investigators believe narcotics and speed played a factor in the fatal collision. 

Several agencies, including the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, Helotes Police Department and Fire District 7, responded to the crash.

Salazar said that due to the extensive nature of the scene, the Sheriff's Office will use drone technology to comb through the area.

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