Juan Vasquez Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash on Copia St in El Paso, TX
El Paso, TX — June 5, 2022, 61-year-old Juan Vasquez was killed in a hit-and-run traffic accident on Copia Street in El Paso.
According to reports the incident happened around 3:00 a.m. in the area of Copia Street and La Luz Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests Vasquez was driving a Hyundai Elantra north on Copia followed at some distance by a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.
For unknown reasons the Chevy driver failed to control their speed and crashed into the back of the Hyundai. The impact ran the car off the road, while the pickup crashed into a nearby rock wall. The Chevy driver then fled on foot.
Juan Vasquez was fatally injured in the crash.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Juan Vasquez Hit-and-Run on Copia St in El Paso
Reports say one driver ran from the scene, but it also appears the police have the vehicle they were in. That's usually a good start as they can sometimes follow the vehicle's paper trail back to its owner. Sometimes the registrant is the suspect and if not they at least often know where to find them.
Once police track down the runaway suspect they can hopefully learn why they took off after fatally harming someone. Sometimes people just panic, but other times they run to hide something from law enforcement--illegal contraband like guns or drugs, active arrest warrants, or something else they think will land them in even hotter water. Many times the driver is intoxicated and in their compromised state they believe running away is their best option. If police learn the El Paso suspect was drunk, the source of his alcohol should also be identified in case a local business violated dram shop law. In that case the business might have a legal obligation to help the victim's family recover from their loss.
Before anyone can really know the specific reason the driver chose to abandon the pickup, though, police will have to catch them. With the vehicle in their possession, hopefully it's just a matter of time before someone either recognizes its description and puts two and two together OR authorities manage to trace it to the suspect.
In the meantime the best way to ensure this gets resolved is for the community to remain vigilant and police to stay committed to catching the suspect. That means sharing any helpful information or developments between them and keeping eyes and ears open. It may take a little time, but I remain confident that if everyone cooperates that justice will be done.