ABILENE, Texas - The deceased passenger in a truck that crashed through an Abilene building Thursday afternoon has been identified as 31-year-old Oscar Garcia.
The crash happened just after 12 p.m. at the intersection of Old Anson Road and Ambler Avenue. According to police, the driver, 29-year-old Jeffrey Smith Jr., was traveling down Old Anson Road when he went through the stop light and crashed into the vacant Ambler Plaza building.
The truck went completely through the building, became airborne after hitting a curb, and finally came to rest after hitting a tree located behind the building. As of Thursday, police do not yet know what caused the crash; however, there were no skid marks on the road leading up to the site of impact.
"Unfortunately, we don't know the totality of what's happened here today," Abilene Police Department Spokesman George Spindler said. "The investigation is ongoing."
Police said Garcia was a passenger in the front seat and exited the truck before it hit the building; however, his body did hit the building and he died from his injuries.
An ambulance took Smith, the driver, to Hendrick Medical Center. The third passenger, 18-year-old Devante Hunter, left the scene before first responders arrived. He eventually checked himself into the same hospital. Both were discharged soon after.
Police do not suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash. As of Thursday criminal charges have not been filed against anyone involved, pending an investigation.
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