Police Identify Victims of Fatal Morning Wreck

Police Identify Victims of Fatal Morning Wreck

POSTED: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 4:25pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 21, 2012 - 3:53pm

EL PASO– Police have now released more information about the fiery wreck that killed two people this morning.

Police say Miguel Vargas was driving at a high rate of speed down Mesa Street at 2:30 this morning. He then lost control of his car and hit a rock wall south of the Executive Center intersection. The car then became airborne, traveled to the bottom of an embankment, struck a tree trunk, and caught fire.

When the car hit the rock wall, Kim Araujo, 23, who was seated as a rear seat passenger was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Idaly Reyes, 19, another rear seat passenger in the vehicle, suffered fatal injuries inside the vehicle. Nefi Armendariz, 20, a rear seat passenger, and Stacy Reyes,18, the right front seat passenger, were transported to UMC for treatment of their injuries.

Vargas was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries at an area hospital then placed under arrest, charged with two counts of intoxicated manslaughter and two counts of intoxicated assault. His bonds totaled $250,000.00.

Police say speed, alcohol, and failure to wear seatbelts are contributing factors in this fatal collision. The fire caused by the vehicle did burn the business building at 4171 N. Mesa and caused damage.

This is the 73rd and 74th traffic related deaths for 2011 compared to 62 at this time in 2010

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IT IS SAD WHAT HAPPENED TO THESE TWO INDIVIDUALS BUT IT IS NOT ENTIRELY HIS FAULT LIKE THE POLICE SAID "Police say speed, alcohol, and failure to wear seatbelts are contributing factors in this fatal collision" BUT THEN AGAIN WHAT IS ARE THESE TEENAGERS DOING IN A CAR WITH SOMEONE THAT IS DRUNK. SHOULD NT BE GETTING INTO A CAR WITH A DRUNKEN PERSON THERE ARE TAXI'S, FAMILY MEMEBERS, AND POLICE OFFICERS THAT CAN GIVE U A RIDE HOME.

People don't learn by others mistakes! People! Don't Drink And Drive P L E A S E!!!!

I saw the whole incident from across the street...I was working when I heard and saw everything happen...My deepest prayers and condolences go out to Kim Araujo and Idaly Reyes' families, also to all the surviving victims..may god hold them in his tightest embraces. I personally know how this can affect a family. I will be praying for you all.
God Bless You All.

Sincerely,
Tony Delgado

this individual took the lives of 2 beautiful people. I feel no sympathy for him. He should suffer the same fate as the one stuck in the car. i had to drive by this 2 times today and just kept thinking how sad.

I pray this Miguel Vargas gets punished to the full extent of the law!!

Hello, fattycorps,
This is Kimberly's only sister,Araceli. Maybe this a late rpely,but I handn'd had the strenght to look up on internet anything that had been said about the "So called Accident," I appreciate the way you feel about the drunk driver bacause things didn't happen the way people think they did.There's a cover up story to this "accident", and I truly hope that justice will be done against this individual. Thank you very much for your comment.
Sincerely,
Araceli Araujo

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