POSTED: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 10:54am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:26pm
A 54-year old man was killed early this morning after crashing his truck on I-10 West near Eastlake. When El Paso County Sheriff's deputies arrived, they found Raul Varela dead on the side of the road. He was thrown about 80 feet from his truck. He was not wearing a seat belt. Investigators say Varela was driving a 1987 Ford Ranger west on I-10 when the truck veered off the roadway, hit a curb and a metal guard rail and rolled over. It is unknown if the driver was speeding or drinking. Investigators are still waiting for toxicology results.This is the first traffic death outside El Paso City limits this year.