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Kids' lives in danger after crash

Posted at 9:19 PM, Aug 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-20 21:19:04-04

Three children are fighting for their lives right now after a crash that killed the two adults they were riding with.

43-year-old Jose Aguilera and 36-year-old Gardenia Herrera from Weslaco, Texas died when their SUV crashed into a school last night.

Police say the man was driving down Grand River between Marshall and Fairview, when at some point he turned towards the school and drove all the way down, until they hit the building head-on.

A neighbor called police after hearing an explosion and children crying.

"You're traveling at a rate of speed where it caused death, where obviously you're not going slow," said Robert Merritt, Public Information Officer, Lansing Police Department.

Police are not yet saying how fast Jose Aguilera was going or why he was driving on school property.

Investigators said the family was visiting from Texas.

"They were in town for an occasion, and left that occasion and were involved in an accident," said Merritt.

Five people were in the SUV. Aguilera, front seat passenger Gardenia Herrera (36) 
and three children, a 5-year-old boy, and 11 and 12-year-old girls. The 5-year-old is the son of Aguilera and Herrera. And the girls are Herrera's daughters.

"It's tragic, obviously mother and father and children involved," said Merritt.

Police will be trying to contact next of kin to deal with handling the children.
As of Monday evening, the three children remain in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Police say Aguilera had been drinking.

We'll let you know what else the investigation turns up.