Posted: Mar 20, 2013 9:58 PM by Melissa Schroeder - email@example.com
Updated: Mar 20, 2013 11:31 PM
ROBSTOWN -- Debris from the crash lay scattered across the freeway for several hours as investigators tried to piece together what happened.
Troopers say the black Tahoe was following the red Dodge Journey on 77 just south of Robstown.
They say a big rig pulled out from the access road.
The Journey driver switched lanes quickly, but the Tahoe slammed into the back of the truck.
The driver -- 69 year old Jerry Steinbach -- died in the accident.
It took crews a couple hours to remove his body from the Tahoe.
His wife was driving the Journey in front of him.
She's a teacher from La Feria High School in the Valley.
Her husband volunteers at the same school.
Troopers say the two often travelled together.
Trooper Charlie Ramirez said, "The husband just supported her all the time she has to go somewhere. According to her, he's very supportive or was very supportive."
The couple had children riding in their cars as they drove to a culinary competition in Waco.
Three of the students -- in the Tahoe -- went to the hospital.
But troopers say they're expected to survive.
DPS investigators say the driver of the big rig made an unsafe lane change when he pulled out in front of the Tahoe.
He could be facing charges of negligent homicide.
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