El Paso Police: Speed, alcohol identified as factors in deadly weekend crash

El Paso News

A single-vehicle crash claimed the life of 45-year-old Jesus Varela early Sunday morning in Central El Paso, according to police investigators.

The crash happened at approximately 2:40 a.m. Sunday morning when police say Alma Ortega, 34, was driving a 2007 Subaru Impreza eastbound on the 4100 block of Hueco Avenue at a high rate of speed, the El Paso Police Department said in a news release.

Ortega sped through traffic lanes on Gateway South, hit the raised curb, a chain link fence, traveled over the U.S. 54 Montana Exit and fell onto the Trowbridge on-ramp of U.S. 54 South. 

Ortega and Varela were both seriously injured and transported to University Medical Center where Varela died. 

Special Traffic Investigators say neither Ortega or Varela were wearing seatbelts. Speed and alcohol are suspected factors in the deadly crash. This is the seventh traffic-related death in 2019 compared to nine during this time frame in 2018. 

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