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Crashes claim 3 lives over Spring Break

Crashes claim 3 lives over Spring Break

SAN ANTONIO - Car crashes have claimed the life of three people in San Antonio during Spring Break.

The most recent fatal crash happened on Wednesday night on the Loop 1604 access road near Bandera Road. The driver of a Ford Ranger was traveling at a “high rate of speed with a blown out right front tire” when it rear-ended a Honda Civic, according to police records.

“It was really traumatic and really heartbreaking,” Jennifer Nava said.

Nava was driving next to the Honda Civic and witnessed the crash. She said other witnesses pulled the driver out of the car and they waited with her until first responders arrived.

"I just kneeled down and was praying for her, just asking god to be with her,” Nava said.

The woman was taken to University Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed she was Lauren Brooks Leija, 32.

Police identified the driver of the pickup truck as Gabriel Boudreau, 39. Officers at the scene said Boudreau was making “bizarre statements,” so they checked to see if he was using drugs, but found he was not intoxicated. He was arrested for manslaughter, according to police records.

On March 14, a man was killed in a suspected drinking and driving accident in the 9600 block of San Pedro. On March 15, a woman was killed in a suspected drinking and driving crash too.

San Antonio Police said last spring break there were three fatal crashes involving alcohol.

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