UPDATE: DPS identifies victims in Thursday afternoon fatal crash near Sierra Blanca


EL PASO, Texas — The Texas Department of Public Safety have released the names of two teens killed in Thursday’s fatal accident near Sierra Blanca.

DPS said 16-year-old Sophia R. Aslanian and 19-year-old Emma Aslanian, both of Los Angeles, were pronounced dead at the scene. Both were wearing their seatbelts.

Sophia and Emma were passengers in a 2020 Ford Expedition driven by Robert Aslanian, 43, of Los Angeles. According to DPS, a 2001 Volvo truck-tractor was towing a box trailer while approaching the U.S. Border Protection checkpoint on Interstate 10 at mile marker 102.

The truck-tractor was slowing to enter the checkpoint area, with the Expedition following. Robert Aslanian struck the trailer from behind.

Robert Aslanian was taken to Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso with non-incapacitating injuries.


The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a fatal crash that happened Thursday afternoon near Sierra Blanca.

Two people died in the accident, which occurred at 2:44 p.m. at the 101 mile marker of I-10 East, near the border patrol checkpoint. U.S. Border Patrol agents rendered aid to the victims after the incident.

The Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Dept. of Public Safety and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility will be coordinating on the investigation.

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