The Tejano singer's life is in grave danger after last weekend's accident; doctor's say he may not survive

Por People Staff
Updated Marzo 26, 2008

Emilio Navaira is currently in a coma at a Texas hospital after his tour bus collided with traffic barrels on a Houston highway last weekend. The singer – who was driving the vehicle – severely injured his head when he was thrown through the windshield of the bus.

“There is a chance he may not make it,” Dr. Alex Valadka, director of neurotrauma services at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, said. “Everyone needs to understand that right up front. That's how bad it is,” the physician said of the Tejano singer's state.

According to the police report, Navaira did not have a license to drive the bus. The singer and six other passengers were injured as a result of the crash, but only Navaira and one other band member are still hospitalized.

Navaira is considered by many to be one of the leading musicians of the Tejano music genre. In 2003, he won a GRAMMY for his album Acuérdate. This isn't the first car accident the artist has experienced. In 2005, he was arrested for driving under the influence after crashing his car in San Antonio.