Tejano Drummer Juan Hinojosa Dies in Crash
Juan Hinojosa, a drummer and founding member of the Tejano band Los Fabulosos Cuatro, died along with his 28-year-old son in a traffic accident in Texas. Hinojosa, 51, died Friday at the scene of theJuan Hinojosa, a drummer and founding member of the Tejano band Los Fabulosos Cuatro, died along with his 28-year-old son in a traffic accident in Texas. Hinojosa, 51, died Friday at the scene of the accident in Nueces County. His son, Michael Hinojosa, died at a hospital three hours later.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Gary Light said the men were driving in dense fog toward Corpus Christi on a rural road when their vehicle was hit by another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle, Sally Hernandez, 50, suffered several fractures and was in stable condition yesterday (Nov. 25). She was expected to be cited for failure to stop at a stop sign, Light said. It was unclear if any criminal charges would be filed.
Hinojosa -- who was inducted into the Tejano Roots (Remembering Our Own Tejano Stars) Hall of Fame in Alice, Texas, in August 2000 -- and his son worked together as electrical engineers. Michael Hinojosa also played drums.
Los Fabulosos Cuatro influenced many of today's Tejano stars, said Javier Villanueva, executive vice president of Tejano Roots and a former manager for Juan Hinojosa. "They were trendsetters in their time," he said. "They liked to experiment. Their arrangements were so advanced that very few groups could imitate them."
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