Weslaco woman arrested for drunk driving crash that killed her husband

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Melissa Fay Flores

A Weslaco woman was charged with the death of her husband on Monday after she crashed her vehicle in April while she had alcohol, cocaine, opiates and cannabinoids in her system, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Melissa Fay Flores, 46, is charged with intoxication manslaughter with a motor vehicle following the death of 51-year-old Larry Cruz Flores Jr., who died on April 22, according to a probable cause affidavit.

At about 2:42 a.m. that day the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a crash near Elsa.

The responding trooper observed a white Mercury Mariner facing eastbound with front bumper damage and a black Dodge Avenger overturned with the right side panel damage.

Troopers saw two occupants in the Avenger trapped inside when the driver, Melissa Fay Flores, regained consciousness and began banging on the windshield, according to the affidavit.

She was then notified that the fire department was on its way and was asked about the condition of Larry Cruz Flores Jr., but stated that didn’t know how he was doing.

The Elsa Fire Department extracted both the driver and passenger and Melissa Fay Flores was airlifted to McAllen Medical Center Hospital, the affidavit stated.

Larry Cruz Flores Jr. was pronounced dead at 3:45 a.m.

Melissa Fay Flores was interviewed at the hospital by authorities where she stated that she didn’t remember how the crash occurred, according to the affidavit.

“Mrs. Flores stated that prior to the crash she was catering at an event center for a birthday party located on Mile 14 1/2 in Weslaco,” the affidavits said. “Mrs. Flores admitted that she had consumed two 24 oz. Modelo beers while at the event center.”

After conducting a field sobriety test, authorities determined that Melissa Fay Flores had lost her mental and physical faculties to safely operate a motor vehicle on a public road, according to DPS, which prompted investigators to request a blood specimen to which she consented.

Authorities later obtained Melissa Fay Flores’ medical records, which indicated that she had alcohol, “an unknown amount of cocaine, opiates and cannabinoids active in her system.”

Melissa Fay Flores was booked into the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center on Monday and released the following day on a $20,000 bond.