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Jul 8, 2013 9:01 AM

Charges Upgraded In Wreck That Killed 5

LOS FRESNOS - Authorities say multiple charges of intoxication manslaughter have been filed against a South Texas woman who they say triggered a two-vehicle accident that killed five.

The Brownsville Herald reports 32-year-old Margaret Gil initially was charged with criminal negligent homicide before those charges were upgraded. The McAllen resident is being held without bond in the Cameron County jail.

Gil was driving near Los Fresnos on June 30 when her vehicle veered into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into a car driven by 32-year-old Edward Gomez of McAllen.

Gomez; his 3-year-old daughter, Kamilla Isabel Gomez; his 13-year-old niece, Julexy Alvares; and his 30-year-old wife, Erika Olaya Davila, were killed. Gil's passenger, 43-year-old Carmella Sanchez, also died.

It's believed the Gomez family was headed to South Padre Island for a day at the beach.

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