Mission, Texas Brain

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Woman killed in morning rollover; husband blamed

January 10,2006 Cari Hammerstrom The Monitor
MISSION — A husband has been charged in his wife’s death following a one-vehicle rollover Monday morning.

Noe Herrera, of Mission, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer southbound on Bentsen Palm Drive near Farm-to-Market Road 2221 at about 8 a.m. when he ran off the road, overcorrected and went into a side skid toward a ditch, according to Texas Department of Public Safety trooper and spokesman Johnny Hernandez.

He and his wife, 26-year-old Esmeralda Herrera, had recently dropped their children off at school.

After the car hit the embankment, the TrailBlazer flipped once, hit a chain link fence and flipped again. The vehicle came to a rest upside down.

Mr. Herrera was wearing his seatbelt, but Mrs. Herrera was not, Hernandez said.
She was thrown from the vehicle and died as a result of her injuries.

Hernandez said excessive speed may have been a factor in the wreck; therefore, troopers charged Noe Herrera with criminal negligent manslaughter in connection with the death of his wife. He was also arrested on an unrelated warrant, Hernandez said.

Speed may have contributed to Mrs. Herrera’s death, but Hernandez also said her not wearing a seat belt was part of the problem.

"If she would have worn a safety belt, the outcome could have been different," he said.
Hernandez said he did not know what would happen with the couple’s children at this time.
Cari Hammerstrom covers law enforcement and general assignments for The Monitor. You can reach her at (956) 683-4424.

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