McAllen driver drowns after crash in San Benito

Pictured is a section of the resaca that runs through San Benito on West Hudson road.
(Photo by David Lopez)

Special to the NEWS

The Texas Department of Public Safety suspects alcohol as a cause in the deadly crash of a driver who plunged into a resaca west of Sam Houston Monday evening.

The victim, 55-year-old Ubence Ruben Hernandez,Jr., of McAllen, was alone in the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

DPS Public Information Officer Sergeant Maria Montalvo said the one-vehicle fatal crash occurred  around 7:07 p.m. Investigators said a Brown Ford F-150 was traveling westbound on Hudson Road and lost control when approaching a turn.

“The driver failed to negotiate a curve and drove straight into the canal where the Ford submerged,” Montalvo said in an email to the News. “(The) driver of the Ford died through submersion.”

Montalvo said an update with the name of the victim will be provided after next of kin has been notified.

“No photos are available at this moment,” said Montalvo of the victim. “DPS troopers suspect alcohol was a contributing factor.”

Montalvo said DPS troopers are further investigating the fatal crash.

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