The victim killed in an accident while driving the wrong way on South Padre Island Drive early on New Year’s Day morning has been identified.
According to the Medical Examiners Office, Richard Isaiah Lopez was driving his SUV the wrong way on SPID near Staples when he hit another SUV head-on.
Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene.
Four passengers, including the driver of the other SUV, were injured. Among them was a 71-year-old man who was trapped in the wreckage and had to be pulled free.
Police believe Lopez may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.