McAllen police have arrested a 22-year-old Rio Grande City man on charges of intoxication manslaughter after an early morning accident on Sunday left two people dead, including a 2-year-old.
Police said in a press release that the accident happened at about 2:44 a.m. Sunday in the 800 block of North 10th Street, where it intersects with Hackberry Avenue, when a pickup truck driven by David Garcia Jr. hit an SUV.
McAllen residents Patricia Vargas, 2, and Alma Patricia Rodriguez, 52, died in the wreck, which also sent seven people, including the driver, to local hospitals with serious injuries.
Garcia is charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter and seven counts of intoxication assault.
He was arraigned Sunday and remains jailed on a total of $420,000 in bonds.
Police will identify the victims once next of kin have been notified.
Jail records show Garcia was previously arrested on Aug. 10 for possession of marijuana and released the next day.
Public court and jail records didn’t return any other results for criminal cases against the man.
The tragedy comes just days after district attorneys from Hidalgo, Starr, Cameron and Willacy counties joined with dozens of law enforcement officials to announces “No Refusal” weekend, which lasts from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2.