Victim in Monday's deadly wreck on US-54 identified; memorial planned

Victim in Monday's deadly wreck on US-54 identified; memorial planned
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POSTED: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 6:22pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 5:14pm

The victim in Monday's deadly accident on US-54 near Diana has been positively identified as 19-year-old Jacklyn Hager.

Police say that Hager, along with friends Jocelyn Nunez, 21, Joe DeSantiago, 20,  and Heidi Baca, 19 were in a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am that was stalled in a southbound lane of traffic on US-54. A Ford F-150, driven by 52-year-old Craig Lewis was also traveling south when he crashed into the rear of the Pontiac.

Hager, who was the backseat passenger in the Grand Am died at the scene. Lewis, Nunez, DeSantiago and Baca were all transported to area hospitals for treatment of serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

Police investigators do not believe charges will be filed in this crash, however the case remains as an open investigation.

Hager was actively involved in El Paso's Cosplay and Anime community. Many of her friends have organized a roadside memorial service Tuesday evening in front of the El Paso Community College Transmountain Campus, 9570 Gateway N Blvd. from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Anyone wishing to donate to Jacklyn's family for funeral expenses can do so by donating to GECU Acct #8350261 under the name Agustin Ortega. Ortega is Hager's step-father. 

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I wasn't particularly close to Jackie, but her death still hit close. She was kind and sweet, and didn't deserve this. May she forever rest in peace. Gone, but NEVER forgotten.

I send my prayers to the family and friends of Jacklyn and the others who were hurt if the crash. Jacklyn, you are at the hand of Jesus and you will never be forgotten. May you Rest in Pease.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of these angels. Jacklyn, you have your place in heaven. My you have everlasting peace. My God bless everyone. I will be there is spirit.

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