HOOKS, Texas – Three members of an Indianapolis family died after a pickup truck rolled over in Texas Monday morning.
It happened around 6:40 a.m. Monday in Hooks, Texas, which is near the Arkansas state line. Belen Morales, 44, Jesus Ochoa, 49 and Isaac Morales-Ochoa, 12, were killed. Officials at Wayne Township Schools tell Fox 59 that the boy attended Rhoades Elementary last year.
According to witnesses, the truck veered over the center line and then tried to get back on track before rolling over. Police said the truck rolled at least three times. The three victims who died were ejected, police said. The driver was the only person wearing a seatbelt.
That driver, 17-year-old Abraham Ochoa-Morales, told police that the family left Durango, Mexico, the day before the crash. His father had driven most of the way; he took over after the family stopped at a rest area. Police said the teen likely fell asleep at the wheel. He went to an area hospital, where he was treated and released.
Three other passengers were also hurt. Arlett de la Rosa-Ochoa, 16, and Citaly Ochoa-Morales, 7, were taken to St. Michael’s at Texarkana before being transferred to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Veronica Ochoa-Morales, 20, was airlifted to another hospital with “massive facial injuries” that will require reconstructive surgery, investigators said.
No charges are pending in connection with the crash.