Couple sleeping on Corpus Christi beach killed when car lands on tent

Beach goers on Corpus Christi Beach in Corpus Christi, Texas, gather around Shauna Ertolacci, member of the Padre Island National Seashore turtle patrol, as she digs out 85 Kemp’s ridley sea turtle eggs Monday, June 1, 2009. This was the first time Kemp’s Ridley eggs have been found in the Corpus Christi Bay area since record were start in 1980.(AP Photo/Corpus Christi Caller-Times,Todd Yates)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Corpus Christi police say a man and woman were killed while sleeping on the beach when a driver struck their vehicle and it flipped onto their tent.

Police said that 32-year-old Lisa Marie Loftis and her husband, 33-year-old Brian Loftis, were killed early Wednesday.

Senior Officer Travis Pace says a 21-year-old man slammed into the couple’s vehicle. Officials are trying to determine whether the driver was intoxicated. He was taken for a blood test and released pending the results.

The couple was camping on the beach until they had money for a permanent place to live. Rick Crowder, who met them when they moved to Corpus Christi weeks ago, says Lisa Loftis was working at a hotel and Brian Loftis was looking for work.

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