SAN ANTONIO -- The grandmother of a 7-year-old boy killed in an accident on Hwy. 281 is speaking out after the Monday morning tragedy.
It was just after 10 a.m. Monday when 43-year-old RJ Alvarado slammed his SUV into the back of a tractor-trailer.
The driver of the trailer told police that his vehicle had stalled-out on him. Police said Alvarado did not have time to react on the rain-slick road and slammed into the rear of the semi, killing his grandson, 7-year-old Justin Kalak, instantly. Alvarado's granddaughter, 5-year-old Julianne Kalak, was also injured.
Alvarado was on his way to take the two children to a doctor's appointment when the accident occurred.
His wife spoke from University Hospital where Alvarado and Julianne are recovering. She said it is her faith that is keeping her strong in the face of such a tragedy.
"I forgive him, I really forgive him because this is something he will have to live with over the rest of his life," she said. "To intentionally take somebody's life is bad. But to accidentally take someone's life, you know, you have no control about it. So, that's something he'll have to live with for the rest of his life."
The family is accepting donations for funeral costs at:
ACCT #: 2972331090