EPPD: Teen soldier accused in deadly I-10 crash had just left nightclub
POSTED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 7:17pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 3:58pm
EL PASO (KTSM) — The teenaged Fort Bliss soldier accused of killing two construction workers on the freeway had just left a nightclub, according to a newly-released El Paso Police report.
The crash happened around 2:20 a.m. on May 11 along I-10 East, near Schuster.
According to the report, 18-year-old Jan Michael Nieves admitted to investigators that he and his passenger, 20-year-old Hunter Sagraves, had been at Gatsby Bar and Nightclub before the incident.
The business’s address is listed as 3233 N. Mesa. NewsChannel 9 spoke by phone with a man identifying himself as a club employee. The man said he would ask management for comment.
The report states Nieves told police he had “about 3-4 shots,” but decided to drive because Sagraves was too drunk.
Both the east and westbound lanes of I-10 were closed at the time of the incident, as crews prepared to install beams over the freeway as part of the Spur 1966 project.
Police had closed the eastbound lanes between Sunland Park Drive and Schuster, the scene of the crash.
According to the report, investigators stated “it was unknown how the driver…accessed the freeway, as it was blocked off and off-duty officers were blocking off each entrance point.”
The report also states Nieves told police he did not see the barricades nor the machinery.
The men killed were identified as 39-year-old James Green from Runaway Bay, Texas and 54-year-old Jimmy Joe Broadstreet of Chaparral.
Nieves has been charged with two counts of Intoxication Manslaughter. According to jail records, he remains at the El Paso County Jail under bonds totaling $200,000.
The Texas Department of Transportation is set to resume the overpass project this weekend with another complete freeway closure. It will begin Sunday at 5 a.m. and last until Monday at 6 a.m.