Settlement reached in crash involving 18-wheeler, mother and her 3 children

McALLEN — A undisclosed settlement has been reached in a civil lawsuit involving a local family and a Mexican transport company for damages resulting from a horrific crash nearly three years ago, according to court records.

On Tuesday attorneys for Mariana Sanchez and three minor children, and the attorney for the truck driver, Martin Hernandez, and the company he worked for at the time of the crash, Transportes Internacionales Tamaulipecos SA de CV, agreed to a settlement for the three children involved, court notes show.

Transportes Internacionales Tamaulipecos is a heavy equipment, transport and trucking company based in Reynosa, Mexico.

The lawsuit, filed in June 2016, sought damages from the defendants in connection with a January 2015 crash that left Sanchez and the three minors, with serious injuries. The demand was for more than $1 million, court records show.

The claim against Hernandez, who was driving a 2003 White Freightliner Tractor Trailer, and Transportes Internacionales Tamaulipecos, was that Hernandez was negligent among other things. It alleges he failed to yield to the right of way to traffic on a public road, failed to maintain control of his vehicle and that he was driving while distracted, court documents show.

The crash took place on Jan. 13, 2015, in Pharr, records show.

According to a petition filed in March, Sanchez, and her three minor children, were traveling westbound in a 2006 Silver Chevrolet Trailblazer and made a complete stop at the intersection of Anaya and South Cage Boulevard in Pharr.

Hernandez, driving one of the Mexican company’s 18-wheelers, was traveling northbound on South Cage Boulevard in Pharr, approaching the Anaya Road intersection when he disregarded the red flashing light at the intersection and collided with (Sanchez’s) vehicle at full speed, the petition reads.

“The front distributor of (Hernandez’s) tractor trailer struck (Sanchez’s) much smaller 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer driver’s side rear quarter panel and caused it to spin and impact the Freightliner again on the same left side front quarter panel,” court records show. “Plaintiff Mariana Sanchez and her minor children suffered serious bodily. … “

Although the latest settlement hearing was held earlier this week, the initial notice of settlement was on Sept. 27, court records show.

The hearing on Tuesday, presided over by U.S. District Judge Randy Crane, was to go over the settlement amounts awarded to children, who were represented by an appointed attorney. The settlement amount was not documented in the record.

Sanchez was represented by different attorneys, the record shows.

Typically, settlement amounts awarded to minors are set aside in a maturing account that then is released to them when they turn 18 years old.

A settlement agreement does not equal an admission of fault by either party.

Messages left for comment with the attorneys involved were not returned as of press time.

Read the petition.