One Killed, Jorge Soto Ochoa, Jose Vasquez, Danny Escalante, Martin Mateo, Nelson Lopez, Juan Molina Injured in Car Accident on Upper Valley in El Paso, TX
UPDATE (August 17, 2022): Reports gave additional details surrounding the crash. They said the driver of the vehicle was 19-year-old Axel Elias Ramirez Alcantar. Injured in the crash were passengers Jorge Soto Ochoa, Jose Vasquez, Danny Escalante, Martin Mateo, Nelson Lopez, and Juan Molina. The passenger killed in the crash remains unidentified at this time.
El Paso, TX -- August 15, 2022, one person was killed and seven were injured due to an accident where a vehicle hit a Border Patrol vehicle.
Authorities reported that the crash happened at around 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of Upper Valley and Artcraft. Reports said that a Border Patrol unit was making a traffic stop with an SUV somehow hit it. That SUV then left the scene. Authorities say they later found the SUV overturned in a ditch.
Due to the crash, one person in the SUV sustained fatal injuries. At least seven others were, one seriously. Authorities have yet to confirm the factors leading to the crash. Investigations continue.
Commentary on Border Patrol Car Accident on Upper Valley in El Paso
There are many reasons something like this can happen. It could simply be reckless driving. It could even be alcohol related, which might result in a local establishment being liable for the crash under dram shop law. However, it's important folks don't simply jump to conclusions. The moments surrounding a crash can be complex and chaotic. If authorities don't have the right tools or training for an accident reconstruction, getting all the facts might require more thorough independent investigations. Are those steps being taken here?