RICHARDSON — Three young women died after their sport utility vehicle fell more than 60 feet from a Richardson overpass on Saturday evening.
Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Lonny Haschel said Charqual McMath, the 28-year-old driver of the SUV, was traveling eastbound on President George Bush Turnpike near US 75. The SUV was in the far right lane; when traffic slowed, the driver swerved left in an attempt to avoid a collision, crossing all eastbound lanes.
McMath then lost control of the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe, which rolled multiple times and struck another vehicle before falling to a parking lot below.
McMath, who was not seriously injured, was able to communicate with first responders when they arrived. But her three passengers were all later pronounced dead at The Medical Center of Plano. They were identified as:
- Torneki McMath, 19
- Myaa Moore, 13
- Tyreana McMath, 12
Haschel said no one in the car that was struck by the Tahoe was injured.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
A group gathered at a Dallas middle school Sunday night to remember the victims.
Note: This story originally said the accident occurred in Plano. The President George Bush Turnpike is the dividing line between Richardson and Plano, and the SUV fell on the south side of the overpass, making the location Richardson.