21-year-old accused of driving into party crowd heads to trial

Miguel Tinoco, 21 (Photo: EPPD)

POSTED: Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 2:48pm

UPDATED: Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 10:39pm

Trial proceedings began Friday for the 21-year-old man accused of driving his car into a crowd outside of a Lower Valley house party in 2012, according to El Paso County court records.

Prosecutors allege Miguel Tinoco became upset after being asked to leave the party on Rio Monte Street in the early morning of July 8, 2012.

Witnesses told police Tinoco drove away, and then made a sudden U-turn, driving into a group of people standing near the curb.

23-year-old Miriam Aguirre, a young mother, was killed.  Four others were injured.

Police documents stated Tinoco "...was angry and intentionally steered his vehicle towards the victims, striking them."

Records showed Tinoco was indicted in September of 2012.

He is charged with one count of murder and four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Trial resumes Monday at 8 a.m. in the 243rd District Court.

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