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3:53 p.m. FRIDAY, FEB. 19 KYLE — Investigators have identified a San Marcos man allegedly at fault in a deadly Interstate 35 wreck this morning as Wilson Rene Molinares, a 22-year-old computer science undergraduate at Texas State.

Molinares was behind the wheel of a Honda Civic that drove southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35, colliding with an oncoming Ford Winstar minivan near Kyle Parkway, police chief Jeff Barnett said. Molinares was in critical condition when he was admitted to an Austin hospital this morning, Barnett said.

The impact killed 16-month-old Jacob Wall Hiebert and three other people in the van: Heinrich Martens, 31; Gerhard Hiebert Peters, 30; and Margaretha Wall Hildebrandt, 27. Two other children passengers, six-year-old and three-year-old girls, were admitted at Dell Children’s Medical Center. The van’s occupants were all Canadian residents, officials said.

Luke Barone, the 23-year-old driver of a Ford F-150 also involved in the collision, was treated for minor injuries and released at the scene.

First responders diverted northbound interstate traffic to the access road until about 6 a.m. Friday as they investigated and cleared the wreck scene, near mile marker 215 just north of the Kyle Parkway overpass.

The Kyle Police Department will close the interstate between 6 a.m and 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 21 to facilitate an accident reconstruction. Barnett asks anyone who witnessed the collision to call the police department’s specialized “crash team” at 512-268-3232.

Earlier

6:28 a.m. FRIDAY, FEB. 19  |  KYLE — Four people, including an infant, died in an early morning traffic collision in Kyle apparently caused by car driving the wrong way on northbound Interstate 35.

The fatality victims — two men, one woman and child aged 18- to 24-months-old — were occupants of a Ford Winstar minivan struck near the Kyle Parkway overpass by a southbound Honda Civic, a city spokesperson said. Two young children in the minivan are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Kyle.

The Honda Civic’s male driver is listed in critical condition at University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin. The male driver of a third vehicle involved in the wreck, a Ford F-150 pickup truck, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

At about 1 a.m., someone called 911 to report a vehicle moving the wrong way on the interstate. A subsequent call to 911 reported the crash.

5:32 a.m. FRIDAY, FEB. 19 |  Northbound Interstate 35 is closed in Kyle after a three-car collision killed at least one person.

First responders were working to extract people from the wreckage at 5 a.m., four hours after the accident, city spokesperson Kim Hilsenbeck said by email this morning. One person was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin with serious injuries; two children were taken to Dell’s Children’s Medical Center with minor injuries.

Traffic will continue to be diverted to the access road for several more hours, Hilsenbeck said.

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4 thoughts on “22-year-old San Marcos man allegedly at fault in I-35 collision that killed four people

  1. The names of the people in the minivan who were traveling to Canada do not sound like “Mexican Nationals.”

  2. He was driving the wrong way on the freaking Interstate. I’d say that he was “at fault” no matter what any other circumstances were.

  3. It was reported by other outlets that the family killed were Mexican nationals currently living in Canada.

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