Gabrielle Breaux, a 33-year-old woman and her unborn child died after the truck she was driving struck an alligator on a highway Sunday in South Texas.
Gabrielle Breaux was seven months pregnant when the truck she was riding in crashed on State Highway 35 near Corpus Christi early Sunday morning.
Gabrielle Breaux who was a car-wash clerk was driving a Chevy Silverado pickup truck just before 4am, 60 miles north of Corpus Christi near the small village of Tivoli, when her pickup hit the alligator in the road.
She was accompanied by her father Gregory Gerard, 58, and her three children aged 13, 11 and six.
She and her unborn child died as a result of the wreck.
Sgt. Rob Mallory of the Texas Department of Public Safety said the frailly ‘struck an alligator that was crossing the roadway’.
The animal was killed, and the truck spun off the road, rolled over and came to a rest upside down.
All five people inside the pickup were taken to the hospital.
Breaux was taken to DeTar Hospital in Victoria, 40 miles from the crash scene, where she succumbed to her injuries and died.
Hospital staff tried to save her unborn child but were unable.
Rena Hebert, Breaux’s mother, confirmed the sad news and promised to take care of the three children.
‘My daughter Gabrielle Breaux was headed back from Texas with her dad and her 3 kids and hit a huge alligator in the road causing the truck to flip multiple times,’ she wrote on Facebook.
‘My beautiful Gabbi and her baby didn’t make it.
‘Her other children sustained non life threatening injuries but has severe cuts and stitches and swelling.’
She added: ‘R I P my beautiful Gabbi.
‘Mom loves you and I will take good care of your babies and my grandchildren.’