Business owner says more needs to be done for safety on Highway 100

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 8:27am

The Department of Public Safety has identified the only survivor, as Margaret Gil, 32, from McAllen. Investigators say she is improving and has been upgraded to stable condition with a broken leg, but as NewsCenter 23 Matt Fernandez reports, one business owner says more needs to be done when it comes to safety on Highway 100.

Police markings still remain visible from the accident that claimed the lives of four people, from McAllen, including a 3 and 13 year-old children, and a fifth victim, a 43 year-old woman from Santa Rosa, who was a passenger in Gil's vehicle.

Dan Mire, who owns a business off Highway 100, says he witnessed the Sunday morning tragedy and describes what he heard, "It was just a boom, and really really loud, and at the end you could hear air coming out from either the tire or air bags. I knew right away it was not going to be a good outcome."

The death of the 3 year-old child really hits home for Mire who has a 4 year-old daughter, "When we heard about the kids dying in this wreck, it hurts, I mean it's sad."

DPS continues to investigate the accident and report that the Toyota Corolla was traveling westbound on Highway 100 when Gil's Toyota RAV-4, heading eastbound, crossed the center line onto the westbound lane lane striking the Corolla head-on.

Investigators are not sure if alcohol was a factor but they waiting for toxicology results to determine that factor.

Mr. Mire says something needs to be done about the safety issues for Highway 100, " A collection of things, maybe a median, maybe a better presence of the law enforcement, maybe put up a billboard of the wreck of the car and let people see what that will do."

For now Mire says he continues to warn his family to always be cautious, "I always tell my wife to be defensive stay in the right hand lane, be defensive, watch out in front of you and if you have to take the ditch, take the ditch, I would rather take a ditch than hit a car."

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