Witnesses told police SUV driver was speeding, ran red light, before deadly South Side crash

2 women killed when SUV broadsided sedan

SAN ANTONIOUPDATE 9/15/21: The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the two women killed after a sport utility vehicle crashed into a car on the city’s South Side early Monday morning as 39-year-old Maricris Morris and 38-year-old Vicenta Rangel.

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San Antonio police are investigating reports that a driver involved in a deadly crash on the city’s South Side early Monday morning was speeding and ran a red light.

Gabrielle Gaitan, 28, has been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of failure to stop and render aid, according to booking records.

Police initially said they had planned to have blood drawn from Gaitan at a hospital to determine if she was intoxicated at the time.

Gabrielle Gaitan is seen in this 2016 booking photo from the Bexar County Jail. Gaitan has been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of failure to stop and render aid in connection with a fatal accident on Sept. 13, 2021, at Highway 16 and Zarzamora Steet on the South Side, according to booking records. (Bexar County Jail)
Daylight clearly shows both vehicles involved in the crash with heavy damage. (KSAT 12 News)

Officers found Gaitan walking down Highway 16, away from the crash scene, and took her into custody.

They believe she had been behind the wheel of an SUV when it broadsided a sedan at the intersection of Highway 16 and S. Zarzamora around 4:30 a.m.

A car mirror with a chain and cross dangling from it was among the debris scattered across a wide area of the highway. (KSAT 12 News)

Two women in the sedan were killed almost on impact, police said.

Witnesses told them the car was turning from the southbound lanes of the highway onto S. Zarzamora when it was T-boned by the northbound SUV.

Officers at the scene were not able to offer any identifying information on any of the people involved.

The intersection of Highway 16 and S. Zarzamora was shut down for hours while police investigated the crash. (KSAT 12 News)

The intersection and the northbound lanes of the highway remained closed for several hours while a team of investigators took measurements and collected evidence.

However, police say, based on appearances, it seems the car was hit at an especially high rate of speed.

Records with the Bexar County Jail show Gaitan was previously arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, family assault and violating a city ordinance covering sexually oriented businesses.

About the Authors

Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

Tim has been a photojournalist and video editor at KSAT since 1998. He came to San Antonio from Lubbock, where he worked in TV and earned his bachelor's degree in Electronic Media and Communication from Texas Tech University. Tim has won a handful of awards and has earned a master's in Strategic Communication and Innovation from Tech as well.

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