Texas Rangers investigate death at Brownsville city jail

This white SUV crashed into an apartment complex at the 400 block of N. Expressway 77/83 after colliding with two other vehicles Thursday evening, June 17, 2021. Brownsville police said the female driver. who was arrested by police following the accident, died inside the city jail at 10 p.m. Thursday. The Texas Rangers and Cameron County District Attorney's Office are investigating the woman's death. (Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald)

The Texas Rangers are investigating the death of a 32-year-old woman who died at the Brownsville City Jail Thursday night.

Brownsville police on Friday confirmed that the woman, identified as Veronica Carmona Peranez, was involved in an accident Thursday evening when the SUV she was driving collided with at least two vehicles and then crashed into an apartment complex at the 400 block of N. Expressway 77/83.

While in custody, Carmona Peranez was found unresponsive at the jail. Emergency services were called and found the woman deceased, police said.

Carmona Peranez had been charged with accident involving damage over $200, two counts of child endangerment, five counts of duty upon striking a fixture, duty upon striking an unidentified vehicle and resisting arrest/transport, police said.

A driver was arrested after her SUV struck several vehicles and a building. (Miguel Roberts | The Brownsville Herald)

Brownsville PD spokesman Investigator Martin Sandoval said the officers at the accident scene did not smell alcohol on the woman’s breath and don’t believe alcohol was a factor.

The woman died at about 10 p.m. Thursday.

One of the residents who lives at the apartment complex where the accident occurred had just gotten out of the shower when the SUV crashed into the unit where she lives, her boyfriend said. Although the woman was not hurt, she was startled by the accident.

The Brownsville Police Department is working closely with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office on the investigation, BPD stated in a press release.

An autopsy was ordered to determine the woman’s cause of death.

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