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Alleged driver in auto-ped fatality faces criminal negligent homicide charge

20140307 Carmen-Gonzalez-VelezInvestigators with the Department of Public Safety arrested the woman they believe was driving the car that struck and killed 16-year-old Brenda Cuellar, who was exiting a school bus Feb. 24.

Carmen Gonzalez-Velez, 36, of Mission, faces a charge of suspicion of criminal negligent homicide, a state jail felony. She is being held at the Hidalgo County Jail under a $100,000 bond.

Cuellar, who played for the Palmview High School’s junior varsity soccer team, was coming home from practice when she exited the school bus on La Homa Road south of 4 Mile Line at about 7:30 p.m. The bus’s flashing lights were activated and the vehicle was facing south when Cuellar attempted to cross the road.

According to DPS, Gonzalez-Velez was driving a Chevrolet Cobalt headed north on La Homa and didn’t stop for the bus. The driver stopped a few yards away, and was transported to Mission Regional Hospital with minor injuries.

Cuellar was taken to McAllen Medical Center, where she later died.

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