18-year-old man dies after falling out of truck bed in Lower Valley

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — An 18-year-old man died after falling out of a pickup truck on Saturday evening in the Lower Valley.

Juan Valverde was riding with others in a Ford pickup truck at the intersection of Yermoland Drive and Duskin Drive. He was standing in the bed of the truck when the vehicle swayed left and then turned right.

Police said he lost his balance and fell out of the truck, hitting his head on the pavement. Emergency Medical Services transported Valverde to a local hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

Valverde had been in the truck with Izeah Ramirez, 15, and Ricardo Antonio Reyes, 18. Ramirez was the initial driver of the vehicle and Reyes was in the front passenger seat while Valverde stood in the truck’s bed.

Police allege Ramirez approached the intersection and proceeded to turn left but then changed direction and went right instead. This caused Valverde to fall from the truck.

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