The driver of an SUV was killed Wednesday after a high-speed collision in the area of Port and Baldwin. A child that was not properly restrained in the vehicle at the time was taken to the hospital.
According to police, a 27-year-old driver was heading south on Highland Avenue at a high rate of speed. He tried to cut through a parking lot at Port and struck two vehicles and a utility pole, causing the SUV to roll over.
The driver was ejected from the SUV and died at the scene of the accident. A three-year-old that police said was not properly restrained in the SUV was taken to Driscoll Children's Hospital.
On Thursday, the Nueces County Medical Examiner's Office identified the driver as 27-year-old Jose Perez.
Guadalupe Garcia said he was second away from danger. He stopped at a nearby washateria to drop something off, and when he went outside his car had been hit, with his friend inside. His friend was taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline and is expected to be okay.