8-year-old girl killed in crash on West Side identified

Children among those hospitalized

SAN ANTONIOUPDATE 12/27/22: The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the girl killed in a drunken-driving-related crash on the West Side as 8-year-old Nicole Marae Vidales.

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An 8-year-old girl was killed in a drunken-driving-related crash on the West Side and a driver has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.

The crash happened Thursday evening in the 200 block of N. Gen. McMullen Drive near W. Commerce St.

A preliminary report from SAPD states that the girl was riding in the backseat of a 2009 Dodge Journey that was heading southbound on General McMullen.

At some point, the female driver of the Journey hit a curb and then lost control of the vehicle and drove onto a sidewalk. The Journey hit a fire hydrant, went through a driveway and struck a Nissan Pathfinder.

Police said the Journey was then redirected into a telephone pole before coming to a stop.

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Journey, who has not been identified by SAPD, was taken to the hospital. Police said she showed signs of intoxication and will be booked by proxy for intoxication manslaughter.

Officers at the scene said a total of five people — two children and three adults — were taken to area hospitals with serious injuries.

The girl’s name was not released by SAPD.

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Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.

Adam Barraza is a photojournalist at KSAT 12 and an El Paso native. He interned at KVIA, the local ABC affiliate, while still in high school. He then moved to San Antonio and, after earning a degree from San Antonio College and the University of the Incarnate Word, started working in news. He’s also a diehard Dodgers fan and an avid sneakerhead.