New information came to light on Saturday regarding a fatal automobile collision on the main lanes of I-45 N. near Rayford Rd. in South Montgomery County late Friday night. The victims were well-known Walker County residents, and the intoxicated driver who struck them is an illegal alien that gave a fictitious name on the scene, and has a criminal history in the US.
The crash occurred just before midnight when a 2002 Chevy Blazer traveling southbound in the northbound lanes collided almost head-on with a northbound Toyota Avalon. The Blazer struck the Avalon more to the passenger side, killing Jan Bennett of Huntsville instantly.
Bennett was riding with her husband, Robert who is the principal of an alternative high school in the Huntsville Independent School District. Jan Bennett was pronounced dead on the scene. Robert Bennett suffered a broken arm and was transported by MCHD ground ambulance to Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital with no serious injuries. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett were on their way home from a Huntsville High School football game.
The Blazer’s driver, initially identified as “Bulmaro Santos,” tried to flee on feet following the crash and was detained by bystanders. Corona beer bottles were found around his vehicle. The driver was later positively identified as 22-year-old Andres Canceco, of Magnolia, who was previously arrested for Driving While Intoxicated in Montgomery County. In February of 2007, Canceco appeared in Montgomery County Court at Law 3 where he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three days in jail with credit for time served, plus fine and court costs totaling $469.
On Friday night, Canceco had no identification on his person and Public Data shows no record of a driver’s license under his name. He was in possession of a Mexican Consulate Card.
Canceco was transported to an area hospital where a mandatory blood draw was performed to determine his level of intoxication, then he was released to DPS, who took him to the Montgomery County Jail.
Other drivers had dialed 911 prior to the crash to report the Blazer traveling the wrong way and patrol officers were trying to locate the SUV when the crash occurred.
Canceco was arrested and charged with intoxicated assault and a intoxication manslaughter, with a total bond of $150,000. There is an ICE hold on Canceco, meaning he will only be released to the US Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
* July 26 – a Conroe woman was killed in a head-on collision with an illegal alien on FM 3083
* July 18 – a Conroe man was killed on E. Davis in that city when an intoxicated illegal alien turned in front of his motorcycle. That driver fled the scene but was soon captured at his nearby home.
* June 8 – DPS patrol vehicle was struck by an an intoxicated illegal alien while conducting a traffic stop on SH 242.