Newlyweds driving separate vehicles killed in head-on crash

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VERNON, Texas — A man and his wife were killed in a tragic accident when the couple collided head-on while driving separate vehicles.

According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Jymie Ha, on Wednesday moring, Kristina Munoz, 26, was driving a car north on County Road 87, an unlined road, and crashed into a truck driven by her husband, Nicolas Cruz, 31, at the crest of a hill.

The couple was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities told the Times Record News they believe speed and the layout of the road could be contributing factors of the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

Troopers said the couple recently married and both worked at the nearby Mahard Egg Farm in Prosper.



  • Robert Gift

    How sad.
    Were either wearing seat-belts?
    “Layout of the road”? Were they not familiar with the road?
    Just stay on YOUR SIDE of the yellow line. Who crossed over?

      • Robert Gift

        ^ I do not understand what “unlined” means.
        Still no excuse. You stay on YOUR side of the road, especially if unsure and coming to a crest.
        In EMS, I have seen seat-belted occupants survive horrrible collisions.
        It is amazing how many minority people do not wear seat-belts.
        My Mexican girlfriend said it is a cultural thing. But it need not be.

    • Dianne Schumacher

      @Robert – There was NO yellow line – “on County Road 87, an unlined road” and “at the crest of the hill”. From the looks of those vehicles, a seat-belt wasn’t going to matter either way. Just a tragic accident.

    • TJ

      First off, you can tell by the photo alone this was a ‘country’ dirt road not a ‘city’ paved road. Unlined/unstriped yes—they don’t paint lines on dirt. You are probably a city driver and don’t understand country roads. Layout of the road could imply different scenarios. For instance, when the road grader grades the roads (makes the dirt smooth) they can pile up a bunch or rock/dirt/chunks of grass/weeds that can cause an accident/roll over and/or cause damage to your vehicle. It could mean that the roads were muddy on an incline (however the photo makes the road look level and solid). There are numerous other possibilities. One thing to also consider is how wide the county road was. Not all country roads are the same width and you can get on some pretty narrow roads that are hard to pass vehicles let alone farm machinery on. In all cases, it is best to drive safe and stay as far to the shoulder as you can especially when preparing to go over a hill/crest. The fact that you put race into this at all is saddening in regards to your seatbelt/minority comment. This is a sad accident that could have possibly been avoided but we should not jump to conclusions when all facts are not disclosed.

      • Robert Gift

        I drive dirt roads.
        You LOOK AHEAD at what you will be driving over and adjust speed and position accordingly.
        Many Mexicans do not wear their seat-belts. You can pretend that the percentage that use them is the same as non minorities, but it is not. Ms Padilla even notices that, herself.
        Of course we may jump to conclusions. This is merely a comment secton, not legal findings with fault determined through thorough investigation and much information.

      • Destiney

        What does being Mexican have to do with anything? It does not matter what race you are just wear your seat belt. If other’s choose not to they are putting their own life at risk. People should not be making jokes about a couple being killed in a tragic accident. It could be anyone you know or that you are close to.
        My condolences to the family of both these people.

      • Robert Gift

        Of course, everyone should use seat-belts.
        Why do so many Mexicans not wear seat-belts?
        From higher up in our emergencyehicle we can easily see who is not wearing seat-belts.
        It seems that minority-appearing people use seat-belts less.
        My Mexican girlfriend said it’s a cultural thing. That is no excuse.

  • Anonymous

    Appears that the couple were playing chicken and one or both zigged when they should have zagged.

  • annpirie

    I think the layout of this accident raises just too many questions. Was it really an accident. One couldn’t plan to have something work out that well if it was deliberate. Too many questions.

  • David

    While seatbelts May or may not have made a difference, speed definately would haveade a difference. Adjust your speed for the conditions. I drive city and country roads. Just like rain & snow, you have to adjust your speed for the conditions.

  • Joe S.

    If you look at the road between the red car and the trooper, you can clearly see that is a paved road with a gravel shoulder.

    • Robert Gift

      ^ Posting REALITY is hate?
      You can pretend that many so Mexicans who do not use seat-belts, do use them.
      In EMS, I know better. As a driver in my own vehicle, I know better.
      Even my Mexican girlfriend, who always wore her seat-belts, knows better.
      The tragic deaths in this article may be because they were not using their seat-belts. But you can pretend otherwise if you wish.

  • Anonymous

    So sad folks lost their life, and this is all you can comment on…Mexicans not wearing seatbelts…you are a very sad little man, you don not have any regards for human life. shouldnt mater if they are brown, white, yellow, green, purple or any color it was two lifes lost you idiot.

    • Robert Gift

      ^ Actually, very happy 6-foot man.
      Seat-belts may have saved their lives. Why do so many Blacks and Hispanics not wear them?
      Yes, I have so little regard for life that I sent an article to La Voz trying to get more Mexicans to use seat-belts.
      Did you?

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