Witness Recalls Deadly I-10 Mesa Crash
POSTED: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 10:25am
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 7:33pm
EL PASO- Police say Jose Vasquez, 45 of Anthony, New Mexico was the driver of a pickup truck that entered the freeway headed the wrong direction.
We don't know why Vasquez drove the wrong way, but a witness exiting at Mesa says Vasquez looked him in the eye and accelerated.
Rick Guerrero recalls the frightening moments before the crash. He returned to the scene on Monday playing through the moments he will never forget.
"I was sending a text message in the passenger seat and I looked up briefly and saw a car coming in our direction,” Guerrero said. "It made me sick to my stomach. It took hours, you know several hours to kind of become normal after seeing that. I just feel horrible for the people involved, you know innocent people.”
Guerrero says the most frightening part was when he made eye contact with Vasquez, and Vasquez didn't seem to slow down.
"As weird as it sounds, you know I did. I looked right at him as he passed. He had both hands on the wheel, and he was just, he was just going for it,” said Guerrero.
El Paso police say Vasquez was killed when he hit 4 vehicles while heading east on the westbound lanes. Also killed was 22-year-old Jose Licano-Rodgriguez of Las Cruces. Guerrero may have escaped without injury, but the site of the crash still haunts him. He is counting his blessings.
"If we had we been 30-40 seconds later. We could have been more involved with it. We were already over on the slower lanes to exit, and I don't know which lane he ended up getting into, but I am fortunate we left where we left from at the time we did.
There are other victims in this accident. Three adults, two of which were drivers and a passenger. All are expected to be okay.
El Paso police suspect the pickup driver was drunk when he charged up the Mesa exit ramp. They also tell us the FBI has joined the investigation.