One man died and his wife was left seriously injured after they were hit by a car in the early hours of Saturday, May 15th. El Paso authorities are charging the driver involved with murder and aggravated assault.
The Deadly Event
El Paso police have arrested a 27-year-old driver in connection with a vehicle-pedestrian collision outside of Adrian’s Cocktail Lounge on the corner of North Luna Street and Gateway East Boulevard. While police initially arrived on the scene due to a hit-and-run call, their investigation found that the driver struck the couple intentionally.
The 33-year-old male victim died in the hospital as a result of the crash, and his 35-year-old wife suffered serious injuries. She is expected to survive her injuries.
The police investigation revealed that the couple and the driver were involved in an altercation outside the bar before the driver got into his Ford Mustang and struck the two victims.
According to police, the perpetrator “drove his Ford Mustang in reverse at a high rate of speed, jumped the curb, and pinned the married couple against a wall on the west side of the bar.”
After striking the couple, the suspect fled the scene, heading south down Luna Street. Later that same day, El Paso police arrested him on charges of murder and aggravated assault. He is now being held in the El Paso County Jail on a $1.25 million bond.
Pedestrian Deaths and Homicide in El Paso
The pedestrian-auto accident was, unfortunately, not the only pedestrian-involved car crash that happened recently in El Paso. In fact, the aforementioned fatality was one of three pedestrian deaths in the city during that time. The sad truth is that these incidents are far from the beginning of El Paso’s pedestrian-car accident problem.
According to the El Paso Times, between 2015 and 2021, nearly 200 pedestrian-car accidents occurred within a one-mile radius of Downtown El Paso. While, thankfully, the vast majority of those accidents were non-fatal, even minor accidents can leave pedestrian victims with long-lasting physical or emotional injuries. These accidents also tend to disproportionately affect the youngest and oldest members of our communities.
Activists in El Paso are trying to bring attention to the pedestrian-accident issue which they say constitutes a public health emergency. They are hoping to lower the risks for pedestrians with the help of the city and community organizers. Their plans include conducting public outreach and changing public policy.
In the meantime, every Texas driver should take the time to do their part to reduce pedestrian-car crash fatalities. Here’s our handy guide to sharing the roads with pedestrians. Download and share it with your friends to help boost responsible driving in your community.
If you’ve been injured in an auto-pedestrian car accident, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze and Johns to learn about your options for financial relief.