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SAPD: 2 people killed in 2 wrecks involving wrong-way driver on Loop 410

Two drivers who died minutes apart have been identified; Alejandro Rodriguez accused of intoxication manslaughter

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The Bexar County Medical Examiner has identified a second driver killed in a crash involving a wrong-way driver on a South Side highway earlier this week.

David Alaquinez, 23, died from blunt force injuries he sustained from the crash, according to the ME’s Office.

According to SAPD, the crash occurred around 2:45 a.m., Thursday, on the eastbound main lanes of Loop 410 at Roosevelt Road.

Police said a silver 2014 Mazda car was traveling eastbound on the highway when a wrong-way vehicle approached.

The driver of the Mazda, Alaquinez, swerved to miss the oncoming vehicle and crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler, causing his car to become wedged under the big rig. He was pronounced dead at 3:04 a.m..

The wrong-way driver, identified as 26-year-old Alejandro Montoya Rodriguez, continued heading west in the eastbound lanes and caused two more crashes.

He is facing two counts of intoxication manslaughter.

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Two drivers were killed minutes apart in separate crashes caused by the same car heading the wrong way on a South Side highway, according to San Antonio police.

Police have identified the second driver killed as Jay Simon Mejia, 33, who was pronounced dead at 3:07 a.m. Thursday after his vehicle was struck head-on. The driver accused of causing the wreck was identified by officials Thursday afternoon as 26-year-old Alejandro Montoya Rodriguez.

According to SAPD, the first crash occurred around 2:45 a.m. on the eastbound main lanes of Loop 410 at Roosevelt Road.

Police said a silver 2014 Mazda car was traveling eastbound on the highway when a wrong-way vehicle approached.

The driver of the Mazda swerved to miss the oncoming vehicle and crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler, causing his car to become wedged under the big rig. The driver was pronounced dead at 3:04 a.m., and he has not been identified.

Police said Rodriguez, the wrong-way driver, continued heading west in the eastbound lanes and caused two more crashes.

Rodriguez’s car crashed head-on into Mejia’s vehicle, causing them both to spin, officials said.

Mejia’s vehicle landed on the driver’s side in a grassy median between the main lanes and the access road.

Police said Rodriguez and his female passenger exited the vehicle before it caught on fire.

They were both transported to University Hospital.

Police say Rodriguez was intoxicated at the time of the crashes, and he is facing two counts of intoxication manslaughter.

San Antonio police officers investigate a crash on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, at Loop 410 and Roosevelt Road.
San Antonio police officers investigate a crash on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, at Loop 410 and Roosevelt Road. (KSAT)

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