By: Perla Hernandez
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.
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.