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Jan 1, 2014 8:06 PM by Janine Reyes

2014 Begins With Tragedy for 3 Generations of Local Family

CORPUS CHRISTI -- City emergency crews worked their first deadly crash of 2014 less than 2 hours into the new year.

They spent the first hours of the year working to free a trapped man from a flipped over SUV. The man is now being identified as 69-year-old Guadalupe Lopez.

Officers say the force of this one car crash threw Lopez's two sons and two grandsons out of the car and killed his girlfriend, the driver, 46-year-old Linda Morin

We spoke with her daughter, who tells us, the family wrapped up the year at a family members home.

She says her mother did not drink last night, but, police are still working to find that out.

"Right now officers are actively investigating the accident, they do believe that alcohol is a contributing factor," Corpus Christi Senior Officer Travis Pace told us at the scene.

Whatever the cause, it left all surviving passengers badly hurt.

Police say the youngest riders are 8-years-old and 12-years-old.

The children's father and his brother also got hurt in the crash.

They spent today in the hospital, some of them in surgery.

Meanwhile, detectives are spending this first day of 2014 trying to find out exactly why the driver of this car lost control and flipped over.

"The officers are mapping out the scene, getting all the measurements, getting everything they can to figure out exactly what happened, what caused the accident and what caused this tragedy," Pace said.

Police gave us names late this afternoon and it looks like three generations of the lopez family got hurt in this crash.

Again, the driver died before emergency crews could take her to the hospital.

According to family members, Guadalupe Lopez remains in intensive care after undergoing surgery. We're told his son, Jake, has a broken leg and can't undergo any further surgery at this point because of internal bleeding. Lopez's other son Cruz and his two grandsons, Cruz jr. and Noah are still hospitalized.

There's no word available on their conditions.


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