LYTLE, Texas — Three people died early Saturday morning as they tried to help a fallen motorcyclist.
“I’m still in disbelief. I can’t believe it. It’ll take time to sink in,” said Julius Cuellar who lost two family members in the crash.
It all started at about 2:20 a.m. with a motorcycle crash about two miles north of Lytle on the I-35 northbound frontage road in Medina County. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) says Rene Perez, 45, of Natalia, had just left the Southside Bar and Grill when he lost control of his motorcycle and it slid onto its side in the middle of the roadway.
A group of people came to aid Perez. At the same time, a 2015 Toyota Tundra pickup truck driven by Juan Rocha Vallajo, 45, of Natalia came down the frontage road and didn’t see the group of people, according to DPS. Vallajo drove right into the group, striking four people.
“Immediately went to go help him out Junior or Ernesto. He pointed his truck in the direction, put the high beams right on so they could see on coming traffic,” said Edward Gonzalez a relative of Rene and Ernesto Perez.
Three were pronounced dead at the scene: Mr. Perez (who was the one on the motorcycle), Yvonne Zavala, 41 of Devine, and Ernesto Perez, 36 of Natalia. Eloy Castro, 47, of Lytle was airlifted to University Hospital in serious condition.
“You can just think about it. You haven’t seen them yet, they might be coming around the corner but in all honesty, it’s going to break us when we hit the funeral,” said Gonzalez.
No charges have been filed at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.