LEAGUE CITY — Funeral services were held Friday for the four family members killed in a violent crash during a police chase Sunday night.
Rafael Guerrero, 41; his wife, Alejandra Guerrero, 38; their son Luis Angel Guerrero, 13; and Alejandra Guerrero’s brother Gilberto Ortega Jr., 25, were killed when an SUV running from police slammed into their Honda as they headed home after doing laundry.
Juan Garcia Ahuezoteco, 23, and his cousin Alejandro Molina were in the Dodge Durango that police said caused the fatal crash. Ahuezoteco was driving, police said.
Both were also killed.
Dickinson police said Ahuezoteco sped away after an officer tried to pull him over. The officer reported seeing the SUV swerve without its headlights being turned on. The SUV sideswiped another car near Deats Road and Ohio Street before driving away at more than 100 mph, police said.
A short while later, the Dodge slammed into the Guerreros’ car as they attempted to turn onto Ohio Street from FM 646 in League City, police said.
Since the accident, surviving Guerrero family members, with the help of friends, have tried to raise the money needed for funeral services and to provide assistance to Sebastian Yanez and his brother, Daniel Guerrero, 16. The brothers were not in the car at the time of the crash.
Adrian Ponce, a lifelong friend of Yanez, said he and others are trying to raise $35,000 to pay for the funeral services and support the surviving brothers.
Robert Flores, who owns 16 McDonald’s franchises in the county and surrounding areas, including in Galveston, Texas City, League City, La Marque, Bacliff and Kemah, also has stepped in to help.
Flores said that 20 percent of the sales at his restaurants on Thursday would go to the fund set up to assist the Guerrero family.
Information about the date or location of funeral services for Ahuezoteco and Molina weren’t immediately available. Medical examiner officials confirmed their bodies had been released to a funeral home.
Earlier this week, Dickinson police said an initial review confirmed the officer involved in the chase did not violate department procedure. A full investigation continues, but officer Daniel Banda returned to duty Thursday after taking three days off, Police Chief Ron Morales said.
Morales said the dash camera in Banda’s patrol car captured the chase from the moment he attempted to pull over the Dodge. The chief did not say whether the video showed the fatal crash.
Dickinson police said the officer reported that he did not see the crash.
Because the accident happened in League City, police there are conducting the accident investigation. However, the Dickinson officer’s role in the crash won’t be a part of that investigation.
“The accident was caused by the Dodge Durango blowing through the stop sign,” League City Police Department spokeswoman Reagan Pena said. “The Dickinson officer’s actions were not a factor in the accident.”
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