Fundraising efforts underway for critically injured Port A mechanicFree Access

(Editor’s note: This story includes a correction with regard to the directions the two vehicles were traveling at the time of the accident.)

Police have released the name of a man who was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Thursday, June 16, in Port Aransas, and fundraising efforts have begun for another man who suffered severe injuries in the wreck.

One driver, Collin Cassel, 37, of Ingleside, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release issued by the Port Aransas Police Department.

The other driver was Albert Moreno, 25, a Corpus Christi resident, said PAPD Lt. James Stokes.

Moreno is a mechanic at Mrs. Woody Jr.’s Automotive in Port Aransas. Mrs. Woody Jr.’s is in the process of raising money for Moreno’s medical bills and general living expenses for his family, said business owner Chrissy Bell.

Moreno has a wife and two children.

Suffering broken legs and internal injuries in the accident, Moreno is expected to have a long road to recovery.

Mrs. Woody Jr.’s has set up a GoFundMe account for the Morenos. Folks can go online and contribute at

As of late on the afternoon of Friday, June 17, some $11,784 toward a $20,000 goal had been raised, according to the site.

Folks also can stop in at the auto shop to donate, or they could donate through Venmo, an app.

Bell’s daughter, Lauren Sanders, is organizing a raffle to benefit Moreno. Folks who’d like to take part in the raffle should call Sanders at (361) 523-9808.

The accident occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m. on a part of the highway that’s just south of the Cinnamon Shore North subdivision.

A preliminary investigation has indicated that Cassel was driving a Chevrolet Blazer south on the highway, and a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Moreno was northbound, police said.

“The Blazer crossed the center turn lane and entered into the northbound lane on the highway,” the police news release said. The two vehicles then collided, head-on.

PAPD Sgt. Olan Kelley said an investigation was underway to determine why the Blazer crossed the center line.

(Look for more in the June 23 edition of the South Jetty.)

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