DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Three children died in a car crash Monday night, and a fourth child remains in the hospital on Tuesday morning. The incident happened just before 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Singleton Boulevard and Peoria Avenue in Dallas, and had the roadway shut down for more than three hours while police were at the scene.READ MORE: Pelicans Take Revenge On Mavs And Win 107-91 After Blowout Loss, Luka Out With Ankle Problems
The surviving child is only 13 years old, those who died were all younger.
Law enforcement officials stated that a woman, identified as 34-year-old Maricela Mendoza, was driving a Dodge Stratus with the four kids inside. She turned into the intersection when a man in a Nissan Sentra slammed into her car. That man was later identified as Xavier Mandell Taylor. According to authorities, Taylor was traveling at a high rate of speed.READ MORE: Baylor Holds On For Big 12 Title, Knocks Oklahoma State Out Of College Football Playoffs
The impact of the crash pushed Mendoza’s vehicle into the opposite lanes of traffic.
Three of the children — an 11-year-old girl, a 6-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl — were taken to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, but were all pronounced dead. Meanwhile, the 13-year-old girl was taken to Methodist Dallas Medical Center in critical condition. Her current condition is not known. The names of the kids have not been released.
Mendoza went to Parkland Hospital in Dallas for complaints about pain and discomfort. Taylor was taken to Methodist Dallas Medical Center for a broken ankle. Neither of their injuries are considered to be life threatening. Authorities stated that Taylor did not seem to be impaired at the time of the crash.MORE NEWS: Thousands Turn Out For Return Of Annual Dallas Holiday Parade
Taylor now faces three counts of criminally negligent homicide.