San Benito man killed in Brownsville crash
by Benjamin Treviño | June 1st, 2022 | Auto Accident
(BROWNSVILLE) – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is investigating a May 21 crash involving a San Benito resident who died at the scene.
According to a news release, Jose Gustavo Cuestas, 45, of San Benito died after being pinned between his vehicle and a tree, the release said. DPS authorities say the crash involving a blue 2014 Toyota Camry occurred at around 2:52 p.m. on FM 1421 north of FM 1732 in Brownsville.
According to authorities, Cuestas was traveling northbound on FM 1421 when he lost control of his vehicle, veered off the roadway and into a residential property where he struck a tree.
Brownsville fire and emergency services managed to extract Cuestas from the vehicle but the driver died at the scene, the release said.
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