Man accused of causing fatal crash while intoxicated, having 6-year-old daughter in truck
Jacob Perez (Photo courtesy Guadalupe County Jail)

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - Police in New Braunfels have arrested a man accused of causing a fatal car crash, while he was under the influence and reportedly had his 6-year-old daughter with him when it happened. 

According to New Braunfels Police, it happened around 2:15 a.m. in the 2500 block of Hwy 65 South at Center St. There, they found a white pick-up truck, driven by Jacob Perez, 33 and a blue car were involved in a head-on collision. 

Preliminary information suggested Perez was driving Northbound with his child in the car, when he veered into the Southbound lanes and crashed head-on with another car before rolling over on its side. 

The child suffered minor injuries from the crash, but none that required her to be taken to the hospital. 

As for the other car, authorities said the driver suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) but a passenger inside the car, sadly died at the scene. Investigators identified her as Sevannah Shay Mata, 28, from Olmos, Texas.

Perez reportedly showed signs of intoxication, police said, and was taken to a hospital for a blood test. The 33-year-old was later arrested and is currently facing charges for Intoxication Manslaughter. 

The amount of debris from the accident caused the roads to be closed for more than four hours while crews investigated. 

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