A man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a crash that killed three children in the other car.
A Dallas County jury found Xavier Taylor guilty of three criminally negligent homicide counts for the March 2016 crash at an eastern Dallas intersection caused by his excessive speed. According to trial testimony, the 24-year-old Dallas man was driving at 98 mph when he crashed into the car carrying a woman and her four children.
The three children killed, 11-year-old Pamela Mendoza, 7-year-old Bryan Mendoza and 3-year-old Lizbeth Mendoza were in the back seat of their mother's car. All three children who died were wearing seatbelts.
Dulce Mendoza, 14 and the mother, Maricella Mendoza, survived the crash. All wore their seatbelts. The car was hit on the driver’s side rear quarter panel.
Prosecutors had sought a manslaughter conviction, but jurors chose to convict Taylor of the lesser charge and give him the maximum sentence for that charge. He also must pay $30,000 in fines.
Police officers testified that when they got to the scene, it was like a missile had hit the car because there was so much debris.
The defendant testified that he was driving a loaner car that he had to return to the dealership, and he was running late.