Anna Paredes, 54, was killed Tuesday morning in a three-car crash in Odessa, Texas. Paredes was in a gray Buik Verano on the 1400 block of Yukon Road. She was in the left turn lane waiting to turn into the parking lot for the Alternative Education Center when a black Nissan Xterra rear-ended her. That crash pushed Pardes’s vehicle into oncoming traffic where her vehicle was then struck by a Dodge Durango.
All three drivers were taken to Medical Center Hospital. Paredes was later pronounced dead.
There is no indication that distracted driving was the cause of the first crash, but if texting while driving was the cause, the new law in Texas would make this crash a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $4,000.00 and or confinement in jail for up to one year. Texas Transportation Code § 545.4251(f).