EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Thursday afternoon, El Paso Police Department officials identified the driver of the car killed in Wednesday evening’s crash between a semi-tractor trailer and a vehicle in Northeast El Paso.
According to officials, 66-year-old, Teresa Briseno was driving a 2009 Toyota east on Stateline Road
approaching the intersection of Gateway North, where there is a stop sign.
At that same time, 36-year old Leonel Steve Perez-Arriaza was driving a 2018 Freightliner towing two trailers Northbound on Gateway North.
Police say Briseno entered the intersection in front of the semi-truck. While Perez-Arriaza managed to avoid hitting Briseno with the semi, she continued and crashed into the first trailer. The impact caused
Perez-Arriaza to lose control of the semi-truck and one of the trailers to overturn.
Briseno’s vehicle spun out and came to rest on the center median. According to investigators, Briseno was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene.
The investigation found the main contributing factor to this crash was a failure to yield right of way on the part of Briseno. Perez-Arriaza was not injured in the crash.
This is the 54th traffic fatality for 2021 as compared to 56 at this time last year.
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One person is dead after a Wednesday night crash in Northeast El Paso between a semi-truck and another vehicle.
According to the El Paso Police Department, Shortly before 8 p.m., Northeast Patrol Officers responded to a crash involving a car and a semi pulling two trailers at 14000 Gateway North and Stateline Road.
Investigators from the Special Traffic Investigations Unit were sent to the accident site, where their preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the car did not yield to the tractor trailer.
“The driver of the car was killed in the crash…the driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured,” investigators added.
The scene was cleared at approximately 3 a.m.,