Woman arrested in 3-vehicle crash in west Bexar County that killed former East Central ISD teacher

Giovanna Blangiardo charged with intoxication manslaughter of Whitney Brooke Weddel

Giovanna Blangiardo, 35, was booked by proxy and charged with intoxication manslaughter, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. This image is from 2020. (Bexar County Jail)

SAN ANTONIO – A driver was arrested in connection with a three-vehicle crash in west Bexar County that killed a former East Central ISD teacher.

Giovanna Blangiardo, 35, was charged with intoxication manslaughter, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

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The victim in the crash was identified as Whitney Brooke Weddel, 39, by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office.

BCSO said Blangiardo was driving a Chevrolet SUV westbound in the 14000 block of Potranco Road before 5 a.m. when she veered into the eastbound lanes.

Her SUV hit a Toyota SUV driven by Weddel, who was traveling eastbound, according to a BCSO report. A Nissan SUV that was also traveling eastbound swerved to avoid the Toyota but ended up crashing in between the two vehicles.

First responders had to extract Blangiardo and Weddel from their vehicles. They were taken to the hospital, where Weddel was pronounced dead. The driver of the Nissan was not injured.

A report from BCSO states probable cause was obtained for a blood warrant for Blangiardo while she was at the hospital. She was booked by proxy, the report states.

An East Central ISD spokesperson told KSAT that Weddel was an East Central High School graduate and “exceptional teacher.” She just recently left the district.

“She was beloved by her students and admired by her colleagues,” a statement from ECISD states. “Whitney’s impact was far-reaching and will continue for generations to come as she has dozens of former students working as healthcare professionals across our city and beyond. ECISD is grateful for her impeccable service and is deeply saddened by her passing.”

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