Local College Student Charged In Crash That Claimed Life Of Classmate

Megan Self (File)
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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.