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Local Man Sentenced For Crash That Killed Infant, Unborn Child

By: Chinh Doan Email
By: Chinh Doan Email

BELTON (March 14, 2013)--Erik Adrian Mungia-Trejo, 20, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, 10 years on probation and fined a total of $15,000 after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a road-racing-related crash in Temple that took the life of a 6-month-old boy and an unborn child.

Mungia-Trejo pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter and aggravated assault charges after a jury was selected for his trial.

He opted to have jurors determine punishment.

The jury decided on the sentence after deliberating into the night Wednesday.

The crash in which he was charged occurred on Dec. 1, 2011 on Old Highway 95 in Temple.

The infant, Anthony Hernandez Velasquez, was riding in a Toyota sedan with his parents Alejandro Velasquez, 54, Nelly Hernandez Velasquez, 29, and sibling Keren Gissel Hernandez, 2, all of Little River.

The family was southbound on Highway 95 when a Pontiac sedan whose driver was headed north on the highway lost control of his car, which crossed into the southbound lanes and struck the Toyota almost head-on.

First responders performed CPR on the infant at the scene and the woman was trapped in the wreckage of her vehicle for about 30 minutes.

The boy died six days later at Scott & White Children's Hospital,

Nelly Velasquez was four months pregnant at the time of the accident and lost her unborn child.

Mungia-Trejo and Kevin Michael Rogers, of Bell County, were charged after the crash.

Mungia-Trejo, who was injured, was taken to Scott & White Hospital.

"Mr. Mungia was driving the...Pontiac Grand Prix, and was in a contest of speed with his friend, Mr. Rogers, at the time of the crash," police said in a press release issued at the time of the crash.

"Mr. Rogers stopped momentarily at the scene of the crash, and investigators later determined he and Mungia were racing each other northbound on Old Highway 95, when the crash occurred," police said.

The Pontiac's engine was ejected because of the force of the crash and ignited a small grass fire, which firefighters quickly extinguished, police said.

A trial date has not yet been set for Rogers.


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