Police: Child and mother killed by alleged drunk driver


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – El Paso Police have arrested a 73-year-old El Paso man and charged him with two counts of Intoxication Manslaughter after a deadly crash in South El Paso Saturday night that claimed the lives of two people, including a 6-year-old boy.

The crash happened around 7:30 p.m. on Loop 375 West (Border Highway) near Bowie High School.

According to traffic investigators, Juan Martinez, 73, was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of traffic in a 1999 Toyota 4Runner.

At the same time, Elide Yvonna Garcia, 25, of Las Cruces was driving west in a 2017 Toyota Corrola. Martinez hit Garcia’s car head-on.

The crash instantly killed her son, 6-year-old Jose Luis Wences. Garcia was transported to a local hospital where she also died.

A passenger in the Corrola, 29-year-old Alberto Cuellar also suffered serious injuries and is listed in critical condition.

Martinez was also taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. He will be booked into the El Paso County Detention Center as soon as he is released from the hospital, police say.

This is the 64th and 65th traffic deaths in 2019 compared to 64 at this time last year.

A family friend has set up a GoFundMe account to assist the family, who she says are low-income, ensure they can have proper funerals. If you would like to do so, please CLICK HERE.

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