Police Identify Motorcyclist Killed in East El Paso

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POSTED: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 10:05pm

UPDATED: Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 3:29pm

EAST EL PASO- Police responded to the 1200 block of Airway around 8 p.m. on Thursday night after a 2004 Ford Taurus driven by Cynthia Dominguez, 26, veered over the median and hit a 27-year-old motorcyclist Michael Paauwe head on.

The front of the Taurus impacted the Suzuki GSX-R600 motorcycle causing the motorcycle to get caught under the vehicle where the motorcycle caught fire. Paauwe was transported to University Medical Center where he died. Dominguez was transported to Del Sol Medical Center where she was treated and placed under arrest. She was later booked at the El Paso County Jail on a $100,000 bond on charges of intoxicated manslaughter.

A mugshot photo of Cynthia Dominguez can be seen here: http://www.ktsm.com/local/police-release-photo-of-driver-involved-in-deadly-motorcycle-accident.  

A Facebook account for Michael Paauwe indicated he was a father and husband. Tune in to News Channel 9 tonight as we confirm more details about Paauwe. 

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Michael Paauwe was a good friend and will never be forgotten. I can't believe this had happened to him. I was in shock when I had received a call today from one of the guys in my team asking me if I had heard anything from him.I told him no, when he broke the news to me telling me that he had passed. We had just hung out 2 days ago at fox plaza. Its taking a while to sink in because I feel he's still here. Every since I met him, he's been like family to me.continue---->

This is plain and simple a murder. She should be pulled up on a murder charge, nothing less. I always feel for a young person that makes mistakes but with that said they still need to pay the price. To the young mans family this "mistake" has changed life as they know it forever.

I think that the woman that hit this man, should be put to death. I do not care that she did not intentionally set out to harm anyone. That may sound harsh but premeditated murder is the appropriate charge. If the penalties for drinking and driving were stiffer like premeditated murder, attempted murder, driving with the intent to cause bodily injury for a DUI maybe people would stop drinking and driving. My heart goes out to the family. Drinking and Driving laws are way to lax.

I agree. She should be given a death penalty. That woman has no right to live in this world. He killed a hero. The problem here in El Paso is that some immigrants thought that they own America. Please restore the dignity of Mexicans. Don't you know that Most Criminals/ or have infraction with the law are hispanic. America is a melting pot let us work to have a better life. Be thankful and appreciate for being here. Stay sober and clean. Obey the Law and dont Trash America.

Sad day, someone lost a life and someone will forever pay for it, til the day she dies she will remember the life she took

When will inidividuals learn that drinking and driving is a no no. To many El Pasoans killing innocent people - not feeling to safe in this town anymore!

so sad to loose one of our military to such a stupid act, people if you are going to drink,please do not drive. think about it what if YOU hit and killed one of your family member's?My prayer's go out to the family of the young man killed. I also hope that the drunk gets the "book" thrown at them. There is NEVER a good reason to drink and drive, never.

So, are we going to hear the public outrage about local women drivers killing Soldiers on the roads now? Only seems fair!

There is nothing fair about a sensless death. To serve in the military and survive all the rigors of military life and then to die at the hands of a reckless and drunk driver is shameful. How many more lives are going to be lost due to drivers (both military & civilian) that insist on drinking and then driving.

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