Officials believe Jennifer Rodela, 36, might have been under the influence of alcohol when the vehicle rolled over while northbound along Interstate 37 early Saturday. The accident took place shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday at Mile Marker 50 just north of Swinney Switch, reports show.
Rodela’s two young daughters, Deanna Revada and Reanna Revada , were both in the back in booster seats at the time of the accident, according to Ben Amoles, a Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper out of Beeville.
Deanna’s booster was not secured by a seat belt, and as a result, she was thrown from the 2004 blue Mazda 3 and killed, Amoles said.
Reanna was not ejected. She received non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at an area children’s hospital.
Authorities believe Rodela fell asleep behind the wheel and veered left into the median along NB I-37. She then is believed to have over-corrected and traveled across lanes into a grassy area off the road, which is where the car rolled. It ultimately came to rest upside down, reports show.
Initial reports indicate Rodela and daughter Reanna were trapped in the vehicle immediately following the accident.
Rodela has since been treated and released from the hospital. Her Monday whereabouts were not immediately clear and she was not available to comment on the accident.
At the time of the accident, Rodela is believed to have been on a trip from Corpus Christi to Austin — of which Del Valle is a suburb.
Until toxicology tests are completed, it is unclear if she will face any charges from the accident, Amoles said.
Intoxication manslaughter in the state of Texas is a second degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Reporter Melissa K. Lovett contributed to this report.