Carranzo was reportedly talking on her cell phone shortly before the crash. According to the Dallas Morning News, she had two prior arrests for driving under the influence; police are investigating whether alcohol may have been a factor in the fatal crash.
June 1, 2012 (Ramona) – Fred Ulysses Hammett, 70, an attorney from Ramona, died Wednesday in a head-on collision that also claimed the life of a mother and her three young children.
Hammett was in Texas to attend his sister’s memorial service. He was driving a rental SUV when he was struck head-on by a Ford pickup truck. The pickup was driving the wrong direction on I-20 in Mesquite, Texas and reportedly almost struck a Texas trooper’s car before hitting Hammett’s vehicle.
The truck was driven by Krystal Carranza, who died along with her three daughters, Nevaeh, 5, Delaney, 3, and Aleah, 10 months.
A trooper from the Texas Department of Public Services witnessed the tragedy. Both vehicles burst into flames. Emergency crews tried to douse the blaze, but were unable to rescue the victims.