POSTED: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 11:14pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 6, 2012 - 10:44am
NORTHEAST EL PASO- There are new images of the motorcyclist killed Thursday night in east El Paso. His neighbors say Paauwe seemed to have two passions in life, his motorcycle and his family. He lost both of them when a suspected drunk driver took his life.
Cynthia Dominguez, 26, was arrested after she crossed the median and hit Michael Paauwe, 27, while he was riding motorcycle.
"Preliminary investigation has revealed that the four door sedan was driving northbound in the 1200 block of Airway at a high rate of speed when the vehicle crossed the raised medians of the southbound lanes of Airway's traffic,” said El Paso Police Spokesperson Darrel Petry.
Police think Dominguez was speeding and under the influence. They've charged her with Intoxicated manslaughter.
"I couldn't believe it because since we always walk around, we always used to see him, so we never thought it was him or anything. He was a really nice guy. He used to play with his kids,” said Paauwe’s neighbor Brenda Grajeda.
They say Mike Paauwe was a friendly guy who spent time out in his yard.
"He was always like in front, like fixing up his car, cleaning his vehicles, his motorcycle,” said another neighbor.
Paauwe leaves behind his wife Sarah and their two young children.
"I think it is going to be something real sad for his wife because he seemed like a nice guy. With his wife too. Always together. Never arguing or nothing at all,” said Grajeda.
Mike Paauwe becomes the first motorcyclist to lose his life this year in El Paso.