Local College Student Charged In Crash That Claimed Life Of Classmate

By: Allison Ignacio Email
By: Allison Ignacio Email
A 17-year-old community college student turned herself in to authorities Friday after a manslaughter warrant was issued for her arrest in a traffic accident that claimed the life of a 19-year-old classmate.

Megan Self (File)

WACO (August 26, 2011)—Mariela Cruz, 17, of Valley Mills, turned herself in to authorities Friday after she was named in an arrest warrant charging manslaughter stemming from a traffic crash in April that claimed the life of McLennan Community College student Megan Self, 19, of Crawford.

Cruz, is a Valley Mills High School graduate who also attends MCC, authorities said Friday.

Authorities say she was the driver of a car that struck Self’s Toyota Corolla from the rear at around 9 a.m. on April 5 as Self was making a left-hand turn from Highway 6 onto Compton Road.

The impact of the collision pushed Self’s car into the path of a southbound 18-wheeler.

She was trapped in the wreckage of the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cruz and the driver of the 18-wheeler both escaped serious injury.

Self graduated last year from Crawford High School where she participated in track and cross-country.

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