Central Texas Boy Dies Of Injuries From Fiery Crash

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WACO (January 23, 2013) Damien Salinas, 10, of Waco, died Wednesday of injuries he suffered in a fiery traffic crash on Jan. 12 that also left his father and two brothers hurt.

Damien Salinas (Family photo)

The boy had been in critical condition at McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple since the accident on Highway 84 near Aviation Parkway just outside of Bellmead where the SUV in which he, his brothers and his father were riding hit the rear of an 18-wheeler and then caught on fire.

Other motorists stopped and were able to pull Damien, his brothers Angel and Brandon, and his stepfather, David Velasco, out of the wreckage moments before the SUV went up in flames.

The driver of the 18-wheeler wasn’t hurt in the crash.

Angel and Brandon Salinas have since been released from the hospital, while Velasco remains at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, where family members say he’s expected to undergo surgery soon.

A Rosary will be said for Damien Salinas at 6 p.m. Thursday at OakCrest Funeral Home at 4520 Bosque Blvd. in Waco.

The funeral service is at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Catholic Church at 315 Jefferson Ave. in Waco.

Damien was a fourth grade student at Connally Elementary School.