Mail Truck Crushes Car in Fatal Collision

Police say 19-year-old Gloria Lopez ran a flashing red light before being fatally struck by a postal service truck

The impact from a U.S. Postal Service tractor trailer was so forceful it pushed the driver's seat to the passenger side of the 2001 Honda Accord, completely destroying the area of the driver's side door.

That driver, 19-year-old Hialeah resident Gloria Lopez, did not survive an early Saturday morning crash at the intersection of West 8th Avenue and West 68th Street. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police believe Lopez caused the accident by running a flashing red light right into the path of the oncoming mail truck.

The postal service employee, 37-year-old Jesus Domar, was on duty and neither injured nor found to be negligent: police said he was "totally compliant with the law" and faced only a flashing yellow as he drove through the intersection.

"The police cannot determine whether [Lopez] ran the red light or if she proceeded in a careless matter," said Hialeah police spokesman Carl Zogby.
Two passengers in the back seat of Lopez' car were transported to Ryder Trauma Center; her sister, 23-year-old Yadira Lopez, is in critical condition with head injuries, while 21-year-old Natalia Muniz is listed as stable. 
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