PD: Wrong-way driver causes fatal crash along Galveston Seawall

By Nakia Cooper - Senior Web Editor

GALVESTON, Texas - One man has been arrested after causing a crash that killed a woman along the Galveston Seawall on Thursday night.

Gerado Flores, 34, has been charged with manslaughter.

At 11:36 p.m., the Galveston Police Department received a 911 call in reference to a major accident in the 4100 block of Seawall Blvd.

Upon arrival, officers discovered two vehicles, a Chevrolet Impala and a Dodge Journey, had gone over the seawall and were resting on the sand below.

Officers quickly discovered that each vehicle was occupied by a driver, and as such, Galveston Fire and Galveston EMS began attempting to extract and assess the condition of those involved.

The Impala had come to rest on its roof and firefighters had to extract the driver, Flores. Paramedics found the driver of the Dodge Journey, Rosalinda Bruno, unresponsive. The 54-year-old Galveston resident was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Galveston Police Accident Reconstruction Team, along with detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division and the Crime Scene Unit, investigated the accident.

Investigators learned Flores was traveling westbound in the Impala on Seawall Blvd. but was driving in the eastbound lanes. Witnesses said Bruno was legally parked in a parking spot on the south side of the seawall, facing east, and was still seated in her Dodge Journey.

Flores drifted over in the parking lane and struck Bruno, head-on, causing both vehicles to be ejected off the seawall.

Flores was transported to John Sealy Emergency Room where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Upon his release, Flores will be transported to the Galveston County Jail where he will be held on $75,000 bond.

Galveston police obtained a search warrant for Flores' blood to determine the presence and level of alcohol or any other intoxicating substance. The results of this test are pending.

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