UPDATED Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 1:36 p.m. CDT
The driver of the SUV that crashed in Van Zandt County killing five children Monday lost two daughters, two nieces and a nephew in the wreck.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jean Dark said that the 2003 GMC Envoy driven by Federico Acuna, 35, of Marshall, was traveling westbound when the right rear tire apparently blew out.
“The tire failed and the driver overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle. The SUV then traveled down the embankment and rolled multiple times,” she said.
Killed in the accident were Rosvaelia Jaimes, 13; Saideth Acuna, 6; Omar Jaimes, 7; Ulisa Acuna, 3 and Judith Jaimes, 2.
Trooper Dark said Federico Acuna was not injured and his wife 34-year-old Estella Torres was treated and released from East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Mrs. Torres' 24-year-old sister, Elita Torres, remains in ETMC today in critical condition.
Trooper Dark said three children remain hospitalized in Children's Hospital in Dallas and are aged 10, 9 and 5.
She added a 15-year-old girl was not injured in the accident.
“The investigation is not complete, but potential criminal charges are being investigated to include five counts of criminal negligent homicide. It is against the law to not have children restrained and it doesn't matter if a tire blew or not. The fact is they were not properly restrained,” she said.