One killed, two injured in Weslaco-area crash

by Benjamin Treviño | January 26th, 2024 | Auto Accident, Fatal Crash

HIDALGO COUNTY — A 57-year-old Weslaco woman is dead after running a stop sign January 25, and crashing into another vehicle. The crash happened at 12:45 p.m.

According to a DPS news release, Josefina Herrera Castillo was driving a brown 2005 Chrysler Town & Country van westward on Chuparosa Street. The report states that Castillo failed to heed a stop sign the intersection of FM 1015 and her vehicle hit a black 2014 GMC Sierra traveling north on FM 1015.

Castillo died at the scene. Her unidentified male passenger was taken to South Texas Health System McAllen where he was listed in critical condition as of this report. The unidentified driver of the other vehicle was transported to Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen for injuries that were described as “not life-threatening.”

The DPS investigation was ongoing as of this writing.


Passenger injuries

Passengers can suffer severe injuries in a collision. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), more than 600 passengers sustained fatal injuries in car accidents in 2020. Passenger injuries can vary depending on where they are seated, and the severity of the crash.

If you were a passenger in a car accident, you should not assume your injuries are minor. You should see a doctor immediately after the accident even if you feel okay. Some injuries can worsen over time.

If you are taken to an emergency room for initial treatment, you are urged to follow up with your primary care physician. You may require ongoing treatment, and the sooner you begin your treatment plan, the better.

The last thing you want is to give an insurance adjuster a reason to undervalue or deny your claim. If you forgo treatment, they might even try to claim that you contributed to your injuries.

Texas lawsuit deadline

Texas law generally allows you two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. The same timeline applies if you are filing a wrongful death lawsuit. If you do not file your lawsuit in time, the court could dismiss your case. You could lose your last chance to hold a party liable for your losses.

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