Brandeis student dies following crash; three more hospitalized

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by Joe Conger, Stacia Willson & Kens5.com Staff

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Posted on February 19, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 10:01 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- One Brandeis High School student is dead and three more were hospitalized following a wreck during their lunch break on Tuesday afternoon.

The deceased has been identified as Gabriela Lerma. She was a junior at the school.

Officers said the accident occurred when the four students inside a Mitsubishi Lancer were racing against another car full of students on the eastbound Loop 1604 access road -- not far from the school.

The boy driving attempted to pass a dually pickup truck on the left side, police said, but did not realize the truck was turning left onto Hausman Road. The car slammed into the truck before being pushed into a utility pole near the overpass.

Police said three female students, including Lerma, were passengers inside the Mitsubishi. All four occupants were taken to University Hospital; one was taken by medical helicopter.

As of 4 p.m., one of the surviving occupants was listed in critical condition while the other two were listed in serious condition.

The driver of the truck was taken to Methodist Hospital. Police said he and a passenger were on their way back to work. The passenger was uninjured.

Police said the blue sedan they were racing did not stop after the crash.

Back on campus, NISD spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said the school is dealing with the grief that follow the death of a student.

Senior Jacob Longoria said he came out of class to see students bawling in the hallway.

"We're hurt, for sure," he said. "We're definitely hurt."

Gonzalez said it's a very sobering message: Life changes in an instant.

"And hopefully students will make right choices," he said, "so that they remain safe."

Longoria agreed. Life can change very quickly, especially behind the wheel of a car.

"It's definitely something that we should probably take more seriously than as we do as kids," he said. "Because we like to have fun, and something like this can happen, I guess, really easily."

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