A Texas man was killed Saturday night after he was electrocuted after he stepped onto a downed power line after crashing his car into a utility pole.
The incident occurred on Highway 146 near Texas City, Texas when Fabian Garnica was driving with his girlfriend Destiny Wallace and collided with the utility pole. Both survived the single-car crash.
However, when Garnica, 20, got out of the car to inspect the damage, he stepped onto the power line that had come down from the utility pole following the crash and was electrocuted.
Wallace was transported to the emergency room and learned during treatment that she was pregnant with Garnica’s child.
Garnica’s family held a vigil at the location of the crash Monday night, according to ABC’s Houston affiliate KTRK.
Police are investigating the cause of the crash and warned that the safest thing you can do after crashing into a utility pole is to wait for emergency services inside the car.
“If you’re in a vehicle, you need to stay inside the vehicle until we can arrive on scene,” Texas City EMS Director Wendell Wiley told KTRK. “We can assess and see if the power lines are still hot. If they are, we can contact the light company. Your safest place is inside the vehicle.”