Four people die after truck hydroplanes in Midland County

MIDLAND COUNTY -- UPDATE: Monday night we told you about a Midland father and his three kids who were killed after a truck hydroplaned and crashed into their car.

Kantrell Hires, 36, was in the Coast Guard and had just moved to Midland a year ago with his family.

He leaves behind his wife who he had just married last month and their unborn baby.

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UPDATE: A family is mourning the loss of four loved ones.

During the weekend’s rain storms a truck hydroplaned hitting another car with a father and his three children just south of Midland.

The message they want to send out is, sunshine or rain anything can happen in the blink of an eye but they said distractions like a phone can be even more dangerous than weather.

"You see the most issues with traction during a rainy or snowy consisting," Discount Tire Manager Chance McDaniel said.

According to the Department of Public Safety reports, a Ford f-150 crashed into a Chevrolet Impala Saturday, January 14 afternoon just south of Midland after hydroplaning.

"I couldn't fathom the idea of them being killed fatally in an accident," the victim’s cousin, Damian Hires said.

An active member in his church, Coast Guard and his family lives, 36-year-old Kantrell Hires and three of his children were killed leaving behind his pregnant wife and another daughter.

"He made sure we had what we needed. If we didn't understand something, if we needed any advice he was the person that we contacted," Damian said about Kantrell.

Feeling of emptiness and loss, Kantrells cousin, Damian said preparedness and alertness could've avoided the wreck.

"Anybody that is on the phone, let it wait," Damian said,
DPS Trooper, Sgt. Oscar Villarreal agrees, even in the most pristine conditions distracted driving is a hazard, "it's simple distractions. If we slowed down and pay attention we'd make it safer for everybody," Sgt. Villareal said.

In order to be extra safe, "have your tires inspected once a month," McDaniel said, because if it's not distracted driving something as simple as tire pressure and treading on your tire could be the difference between life and death.

Four people were killed in a crash south of Midland Saturday morning after a truck hydroplaned.

According to DPS, their troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 158 six miles southwest of Midland at 6:32 a.m.

When troopers arrived on scene they found a crash involving an F-150 and a Chevrolet Impala.

The driver and passengers of the Impala were pronounced dead at the scene. According to DPS, the driver has been identified as Kantrell D. Hires, 36, of Portland, Texas. The other three passengers, a 12-year-old boy, 14-year-old boy, and 17-year-old girl were also from Portland. Their names have not been released.

DPS reports that the F-150 was driving east on SH 158 when it hydroplaned, crossing into the westbound lanes and crashing into the Impala.

The driver of the F-150, Luis Jr. Rangel, 25, of El Paso Texas was taken to Midland Memorial Hospital with non-incapacitating injuries.