News: 3 killed, 1 seriously hurt in crash on I-14 near Fort Hood

FORT HOOD, TX – A Saturday morning crash on I-14 claimed the life of three adults in their early 20s and left a fouth seriously injured, KCEN-TV reported.  

Texas State Troopers said the Toyota Corolla was driving east in the westbound lane on I-14 while the Kia Optima was driving west when the two vehicles collided. 

Troopers identified the Toyota Corolla driver as Matthew Fernandez, 22, of Fort Hood, and the Kia Optima driver as a 20-year-old from Copperas Cove.

Emergency responders tried to save Fernandez from the burning Toyota Corolla but were unsuccessful.

Authorities confirmed that the Kia Optima had two passengers in the car: Aaliyah Marie Peinado, 20, from Nipomo, California, and Joshua Smith, 22, of Copperas Cove. 

Fernandez, Smith, and the unidentified Kia Optima driver died at the scene. Peinado suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to Baylor Scott and White Medical Center. 

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