HCSO dispatcher killed in ‘major’ highway collision

Driver expected to face criminal charges

Sandra Coronado, a dispatcher with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, was on her way to work early Sunday morning when her vehicle was struck by a suspected intoxicated driver, Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra said.

Edinburg police responded to the scene on U.S. Highway 281 near the Bert Ogden Arena about 6 a.m., Edinburg Police Lt. Oscar Treviño said. Treviño did not release any other information about the collision nor the identity of the deceased person, but described the crash as “major.”

A photo of the collision showed a truck with front-end damage and another vehicle too mangled to determine the make and model.

Guerra confirmed Coronado’s identity to The Monitor Sunday night.

“It is with a broken heart that I bring this terrible news. This morning, Sandra Coronado passed on to be with our Lord,” the sheriff wrote in a Facebook post. “Our sister served with us proudly as a Communication Officer at the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office with honor and distinction.”

Guerra said the other driver was expected to face criminal charges Monday. The arraignment, however, was rescheduled for Tuesday. 

He also extended condolences to Coronado’s family and asked for prayers and support.

“Her voice and strength guided our deputies on their calls in our county, and her memory and spirit will continue on this great mission from her new heavenly home,” Guerra wrote.

The story was updated to reflect the suspect’s arraignment date.