Deputies: 3 killed, including A&M cadets, in wrong-way crash

HCSO: Wrong-way driver may have been intoxicated

Published On: Mar 11 2013 11:57:15 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 04 2013 11:17:53 AM CST
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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas -

Three people were killed and one person was left in critical condition after a fiery collision Sunday in northwest Harris County.

Harris County Sheriff's deputies said Katie Thomas, 21, was driving a white Ford Mustang the wrong way on Highway 290 near Binford when she slammed head-on into a Ford Explorer.

Deputies said Thomas died in the wreck.

Investigators said three 18-year-old freshmen Corp of Cadets members from Texas A&M were in the Explorer.

Deputies said the Explorer burst into flames. Amy Pacheco, who drove the Explorer, and her back seat passenger, Miguel Hernandez, were killed.

Investigators said Francisco Campos was the front-seat passenger in the Explorer. He was critically injured.

Detectives said bottles of alcohol were found inside the Mustang, leading them to believe alcohol was a factor. An autopsy will determine if Thomas was intoxicated.

Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets released the following statement on Sunday:

"We in the Corp of Cadets and at Texas A&M University, are in mourning over the loss of two of our cadets in a tragic car accident early this morning.

We offer our sincerest condolences, thoughts and prayers to their family and friends."

Photos: 3 die in fiery wrong-way wreck

Published On: Mar 04 2013 11:17:02 AM CST

Two Corp of Cadets members from Texas A&M University die in a wreck that was caused by a suspected drunken driver, who was also killed, investigators say.

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