• October 13, 2022

Gael Torres Sanchez, Juan Herrera Yon, Yahir Cedillo De La Torre Killed in El Paso, TX Auto Accident

El Paso, TX — October 10, 2022, Gael Torres Sanchez, Juan Herrera Yon, and Yahir Cedillo De La Torre died in a head-on collision on Ascension Street in far east El Paso.

Authorities say the incident happened around midnight along the 1600 block of North Ascension Street. Preliminary investigation suggests the victims were in a Nissan Sentra headed south on the roadway when the driver crossed into the oncoming lane while passing through a curve. After entering the northbound lane the Nissan crashed head-on with a Ford F-150.

Torres Sanchez, 19, Herrera Yon, 18, and Cedillo De La Torre, 19, were killed in the crash. The Ford driver reportedly suffered minor injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on El Paso Accident on N Ascension Street

Investigators didn't release many details about this crash, which I hope means they're still hard at work figuring out exactly how and why it happened. They think the victims' vehicle crossed over in a curve, but no reason was mentioned for why the driver didn't maintain his lane. Did he lose control? Was something wrong with the vehicle? Did it blow a tire, or maybe have a malfunction or defect? Did the driver get distracted? If so, by what? Is it possible he was impaired? If so, where did the alcohol come from? What are lighting, visibility, and road conditions like in that area? How steep is the curve?

Gael Torres Sanchez, Juan Herrera Yon, Yahir Cedillo De La Torre Killed in El Paso, TX Auto Accident

Those questions and the many others like them that still need answers aren't about complicating things or pointing fingers. It's just always important to investigate carefully, find clear evidence, and rule some possibilities out to help learn the truth. Everyone involved deserves the benefit of the doubt in the meantime.

More than anything the families of those young men who lost their lives deserve as many answers as can be found. Will police take the time and care needed to get those answers, or could someone else do a better job filling in the blanks?

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