La Mujer de la Curva

By: Perla Hernandez

Picture I took of the curves of the crusero during the day; although this was not the specific spot where Soledad appears, it was the only picture I had of the curves in the day light.

Picture I took of the curves of the crusero during the day; although this was not the specific spot where Soledad appears, it was the only picture I had of the curves in the day light.

It was 15 after 9 when Soledad decided to leave, the roads were lonely and the sky was black. The only lights you could see were form the passing traffic.

Outside it had been dark for a while, the wind blew with an immense force that foreshadowed the terrifying storm that was to arrive late that night.

Before exiting the building, she made sure the front door was locked and the alarm was turned on. That is when she realized she had almost forgot her veil. The veil was a beautiful cream color that had distinctive handmade patterns with her initials woven into the seams of the veil. The pattern was the colors of the sunset by the beach in Cancun as she described them, a peachy pink with a lavender purple.

The storm was getting closer and the wind velocities were increasing. She finally made her way to her car where she introduced her key into the ignition after unlocking the door, to start up her car and be on her way home. She worked in a building that was at the end of the road which meant she had to drive through the curves of the crusero.

The curves of the crusero are known to be the most dangerous curves there are in Mexico, because of the extreme angle the curves have which make it very hard to see what will be in front of you until you actually reach that point.

On her way home, Soledad began having car troubles which eventually forced her to pull over with no help in sight. Her car completely turned off and she was trying to hitch a ride when a big semi came around the curve and ran her over. The semi threw her 20 feet away from her car and resulted in her death.

The curves of the crusero are said to be haunted by Soledad who returns to seek revenge for her death every time a storm hits which is coincidently very often in certain areas of Mexico. She is first spotted where her car was left and the she reappears where she was found by the ambulance when she was run over.

The truck drivers who decide to pull over end up traumatized by the events that follow.

When she is picked up she asks to be taken home where she will thank them and insist they come in and wait until the storm blows over: always leaving her infamous veil for the driver to later find and be obliged to bring back to the house.

A look of sadness immediately takes over the innocent face of the old woman who lives there who never understands how the veil of her dead daughter always manages to end up in the hands of the thousands of trucks drivers that drive through Las Curvas Del Crusero .With a confused, yet scared look upon her face, she apologizes and shares the story of Soledad, Her deceased daughter who never got home because she was run over by a driver during a storm.

In Mexico, it is believed that a spirit will not rest if they have died while on a journey. People believe that since she didn’t get home her spirit is looking for a way to rest by completing her journey and finally getting home. This is why she is seen on days that are near identical to the night she died, stormy and dark, which happen to be during which only few truck drivers dare to drive.

Picture of the place where Soledad was predicted to be standing before the truck driver ran her over, this picture was taken by my brother during a late night drive, and I photo shopped the ghost on the right to where she is said to stand while waiting for a driver to pass by.

Picture of the place where Soledad was predicted to be standing before the truck driver ran her over, this picture was taken by my brother during a late night drive, and I photo shopped the ghost on the right to where she is said to stand while waiting for a driver to pass by.

P.S. The roads now are lit up and they are often blocked off when it rains due to a high increase in the rate of accidents that have occurred there.

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5 thoughts on “La Mujer de la Curva

  1. I found what you said about Mexicans’s beliefs to be very interesting, that a spirit will not rest if they have died while on a journey. I agree with this belief but I don’t think it just applies to the physical definition of “journey.” I think when people die on an emotional “journey,” or a time in their life that seems abrupt and unfair, or a time when they have not been able to fully accept their death, then the spirit will linger. These spirits, Soledad included, are trying to find understanding in their death and linger between the physical realm of the world and the spiritual realm of the world.

  2. I’m always drawn in more to horror stories that have a history. I believe that the story of Soledad’s death adds much to the story of her haunting the road. I am curious, though, as to why her car died suddenly and caused her to get out of her car. I wonder if there was something mysterious around that spot that caused her car to turn off, which then caused her to get out and be hit by that truck. Now the road is haunted by her, but was something else haunting it before?

  3. I love the tone of this post and your previous one and the way that you tell the story of a legend. I am also glad to see that you chose to write about something with some cultural significance too, as this is a Mexican story and not an American one, sine we have mostly studied American texts in this course. I also like the idea that a spirit cannot rest if they die while on a journey, this makes sense to me but is a disconcerting thought. What if I were to die while on a journey?

    • I have thought about this too! I always wondered if the spirit had a choice and after listening to multiple stories like this one, I learned that if the spirit believes they have a choice, they will rest but most of the time they do not realize they are dead since they keep replaying the journey in their head and just want to arrive at their destination. It has a lot to do with lost and confused souls and not knowing how to help those who have not crossed over. The show Ghost whisperer has many episodes that deal with people not knowing what happened to them and this is very much like Soledad.

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