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3rd child dies after pickup hits stalled car

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -

A third child who was inside a stalled car that was hit on Interstate 30 in Grand Prairie has died.

The horrible crash happened Sunday afternoon just west of Highway 161. Police said a pickup truck traveling at a normal freeway speed slammed into the rear of a disabled car that had six people inside, including four children.

Sgt. Eric Hansen said the car had stopped in the left lane of the freeway. Someone had called 911 for help, but it was too late.

"In fact, our officers were pulling up on the stranded motorist call immediately after the crash happened," he said.

Twelve-year-old Maria Gonzales-Refugio died Sunday afternoon. Her older sister, 13-year-old Diana Gonzales, died at the hospital later that evening. Six-year-old Jesus Gonzalez was taken off life support on Monday. Their 10-year-old sister remains in critical condition at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth.

The children's mother, who was driving at the time, suffered only minor injuries. Her husband had gotten out of the vehicle to try to waive off traffic and was not hurt.

The pickup driver was shaken up, but also not hurt.

"He said he was changing lanes from the center lane to the left lane and when he did that, there was the car," Sgt. Hansen said.

Investigators said this fatal crash could have been avoided.

"You should never stop your car in a lane of traffic. If it is coasting to a stop, get it off as far off to the side of the freeway as you can, whether it is to the left or the right. We believe there was ample room for this driver to move this vehicle out of the lane of traffic prior to it coming to a stop because the HOV lane is open," Sgt. Hansen said.

Police have not yet determined if any charges will be filed.

Investigators have determined that the children's mother does not have a driver's license and none of them were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

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