Driver Killed After Colliding with Tow Truck then Building

Monday, November 14, 2011 - 6:42pm

UPDATE: 2:14 p.m.- Police have released the name of the man killed in a wreck this morning after colliding with a tow truck.

Police say Alberto Morales, 22, lost control of his vehicle, slid across the road hitting two traffic signs, then collided with a tow truck. The impact caused the tow truck to spin 180 degrees. Morales' vehicle continued to skid across the road where it hit a pillar in front of a shopping center.

Morales was killed during the collision. The passengers of Morales' vehicle and the driver of the tow truck were not injured. Speed and no seatbelt use are being considered contributing factors. Investigators do suspect alcohol involvement, but will have to await toxicology reports to confirm any involvement.

EL PASO - Police are investigating a deadly overnight car accident.

The wreck happened at about 11 p.m. Sunday in the 8900 block of Gateway East near Zaragoza.

According to police, a van was traveling on Gateway East when the driver veered off of the road and lost control.  Police said the van then slammed into a tow truck, then kept going and crashed into a nearby shopping center.

The driver died at the scene.  Police have not released his name. 

Two passengers in the van were not hurt.

Investigators are trying to determine if the tow truck was stopped when the van collided into it, or if it was moving.

Police said the building entrance does not appear to have any damage.

Gateway East was closed for several hours between Kessler and Zaragoza while police completed their investigation and cleared the scene.


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