13-year-old killed in Saturday crash identified, sister in critical condition

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POSTED: Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 12:20pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 5:28pm

EPPD suspect alcohol as factor

UPDATE: Thirteen year-old Pablo Hernandez, who died at a hospital shortly after a car crash in the Lower Valley on Saturday, January 18th, was an 8th grader at Ricardo Estrada Junior High School.

His older sister, 15 year-old Isabel Hernandez, is the second victim of the crash and remains in critical condition at Del Sol Medical Center. She is a student at Horizon High School.

Police say Pablo and Isabel's mother, Patricia Hernandez, was driving the Chevy Suburban when it was rear-ended by the Ford F-150 on Saturday afternoon at North Loop and Excelsior.

NewsChannel 9 reached out to Clint Independent School District about the accident and they responded by saying, "We are extremely saddened by this tragedy. Our heartfelt condolences are with the Hernandez family. The District will have counselors available at school for students and employees who are grieving."

ORIGINAL STORY:

El Paso Police have identified the teenager who was killed in Saturday afternoon's crash in El Paso's Mission Valley as 13-year-old Pablo Hernandez.

EPPD responded to the crash in the 9300 block of North Loop near Excelsior at 4:26 on Saturday afternoon. A 2004 Chevrolet Suburban driven by 40-year-old Patricia Hernandez, was traveling east along North Loop when it was struck from behind by a 2009 Ford F-150 driven by an unidentified 32-year-old man.

The Suburban was hit so hard that it spun out of control and crashed into a rock wall. Two passengers in the car, 13-year old Pablo Hernandez and an unidentified 15-year-old female were both taken to area hospitals with life-threatening injuries, Pablo Hernandez died from his injuries. The 15-year-old passenger remains hospitalized. Neither teen was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Patricia Hernandez, the driver of the Suburban, sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated and released from an area hospital.

Police say that the driver of the F-150 was also taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and he is still hospitalized as of Sunday morning. EPPD allege that speed and alcohol are both factors in this crash on behalf of the driver of the F-150. EPPD say charges are pending against him in this case and they will release his identity as soon as he is released from the hospital and charges are filed.

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another drunk driver...may he get the maximum punishment ....and, ..there is another example of ..why..
..why, seatbelts are mandatory.....the mother has some culpability ...if the children were buckled-up...
how much would it have lessened the severity of the injuries...

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