Wreck Victim Left Untreated Dies From Injuries

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO -- A 23-year-old woman who was presumed dead and left untreated for two hours in the wreckage of a car crash died the next day from her injuries.

Erica Smith died Monday afternoon at Brooke Army Medical Center after suffering a head injury in the Sunday morning crash.

Paramedics covered Smith in a yellow tarp in the wreckage, the typical procedure when someone is killed. That was before an investigator for the medical examiner's office arrived at the scene and made the startling discovery that she was still alive.

Fire Chief Charles Hood says the department is reviewing the incident, but he didn't expect the paramedics to be disciplined. He would not specify how the paramedics checked Smith's condition but said they generally check for vital signs.

Smith was a senior at Texas State University.

Police say 28-year-old Jenny Ann Ybarra caused the wreck. She's charged with intoxication assault.

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