Man Suffers Medical Condition, Killed In Car Crash
POSTED: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 2:34pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 6:57pm
EL PASO - Tragic and unfortunate. That's what El Paso County Sheriff's Deputies are calling the first county traffic death of the year.
The crash happened this morning. We're told a 54-year old man was driving on Alameda between Fabens and Clint when he crashed into trees. Sheriff's Deputies say the man may have suffered a medical emergency when he drifted off the road.
We spoke with people who came close to getting hit by the driver. They said it's something they never want to see again.
"All of a sudden he just slammed into a big tree. You could see debris flying all over it was kind of scary," Ramon Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez and Ricardo Ordonez described what it was like moments before and after a crash that killed the 54-year old man right in front of them.
"If I wasn't able to slow the truck down it would have probably hit us, and a lady coming behind us would have probably hit us," Ordonez said.
Gutierrez and Ordonez raced to the crash to try and save the man's life, and border patrol agents arrived and began to give first aid, but despite everyone's best efforts the man died about 20 minutes after the crash.
"There's no way it could have been prevented if it was in fact medical, however we do urge all drivers to use caution, stay vigilant, stay off your cell phone, and let's be safe in 2011," Deputy Tovar said.
The man's name won't be released until deputies can notify his family, and there's no word on what type of health problems the man had.