Victims identified in deadly wrong-way crash

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Updated: Wednesday, February 26 2014, 02:32 PM MST

By: Bill Melugin and Jesse Martinez
EL PASO, Texas – Employees at a Las Cruces church said their pastor was killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 10 Monday night.

As KFOX14 previously reported, the crash was reported Monday evening when deputies responded to a call of a wrong-way driver in the area.

Authorities said a silver BMW was driving the wrong way on I-10 east near Vinton when he struck a red minivan head-on. Both drivers died at the scene.

Deputies identified the victims Wednesday as Joshua Allen, 30, of Las Cruces and Jesus Barrera, 24, of Bayard, N.M.

Employees at Grace Bible Church in Las Cruces said Allen was a pastor at the church for about four years, and employees said they learned about the accident because he didn’t show up where he was expected.

That’s when they recognized his minivan in the media coverage of the accident.

Employees said Allen was driving the right way when he was hit by the wrong-way driver.

Investigators aren’t sure how far the driver of the BMW had been going the wrong way, but are investigating.

The interstate was closed for several hours as authorities investigated the incident.

Employees said Allen leaves behind an infant son and wife. His wife’s birthday was Tuesday.

They said his family has been notified and that several of his family members are flying in from the East Coast.

Deputies said they are awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

Update: Victims identified in deadly wrong-way crash


Two killed after wrong-way crash on I-10

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Update: Two killed after wrong-way crash on I-10

By: Jesse Martinez Ruben Veloz

EL PASO, Texas Authorities are investigating a deadly wrong way accident on Interstate 10 near Vinton, officials said.

A representative for the El Paso County Sheriffs Office said two people were killed in the accident, which was reported around 8:45 p.m. Monday.

Officials said a caller reported a wrong-way driver in the area, which soon turned into a head-on collision.

The victim who was in a red car died at the scene, and the wrong-way driver died shortly after, officials said.

A medical helicopter was called in to rescue the man who drove the wrong way but did not make it in time, said deputies.

“The driver of the BMW x3 was showing signs of life, and so because of that a helicopter was called in,” said deputy Mariano Valle, “When the helicopter arrived it was determined that the driver of the BMW was deceased also.”

Deputies say a man in a silver BMW was driving the wrong way on the eastbound lanes of the Interstate when he crashed head on with the red minivan.

“We got a call about a vehicle traveling the wrong way on Interstate 10, shortly thereafter we got a call that there was a motor vehicle accident,” said Valle.

Both victims were men, in their late 20s to early 30′s.

Investigators don’t know how far the driver of the SUV had been going the wrong way, but are investigating.

Deputies have not released the names of the victims.

For a while deputies feared that a baby was involved in the crash because they found a car seat in one of the cars, however after searching the area and bringing out a search helicopter they determined there were no other victims.

All eastbound lanes including the gateway have been reopened.

Deputies say they will be investigating to see if any alcohol was involved.

Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.

Developing: Sheriff’s office investigating deadly accident on I-10

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Updated: Monday, February 24 2014, 10:24 PM MST

By: Jesse Martinez
EL PASO, Texas – Authorities are investigating a deadly accident on Interstate 10 near Vinton that may have involved a wrong-way driver, officials said.

A spokesperson for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said two people were killed in the accident, which was reported around 8:45 p.m. Monday.

Officials said a caller reported a wrong-way driver in the area, which soon turned into a head-on collision.

The victim who was in a red car died at the scene, and the wrong-way driver died shortly after, officials said.

Traffic on I-10 east is closed off as authorities investigate, and it is expected to be closed for several hours. 

Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.

Update: Two killed after wrong-way crash on I-10


3 hospitalized after major crash in Beaumont – 12 News KBMT and K-JAC. News …

Three people are transported to the hospital after a major accident temporarily shut down eastbound lanes on I-10 between Walden Road and the Cardinal Drive exit.

Those lanes are open at this time.

We’ve heard that an 18-wheeler and at least two other vehicles were involved.

Fire dispatch says there were initial reports of people trapped inside one of the vehicles.   

A spokesperson for the Beaumont Police Department says there were no life threatening injuries.

All lanes open on I-10 East in Central El Paso

›› Photos: Crash shuts down I-10 in Central El Paso

Traffic update 7:25 p.m.:

Interstate-10 East at Copia is now open.

Traffic remains congested and some traffic lights are down in the area.

Traffic update 7:10 p.m.: Two lanes are now open on Interstate 10 East near Copia in Central El Paso. I-10 West is open. Heavy traffic congestion is still reported on I-10 East as far away as Resler Drive.

Update 6:40:

I-10 westbound lanes are open, according to the police scanner.

Update: 6:25 p.m.

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Daniel Borunda

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The El Paso Fire Department reports that no injuries have been reported in the crash on Interstate-10 and Copia.

About five firefighting vehicles are at the scene to secure the downed power lines.

I-10 is closed in both directions at Copia in Central El Paso.

Update 5:50:

Texas Department of Transportation said that I-10 West is also closed at Copia. Westbound traffic is backed up to Hawkins Boulevard on the East Side.

Update 5:45 p.m.:

Texas Department of Transportation said that it could take up to six hours to clear accident on the Interstate-10 East near Copia because there are power lines on the road.

Traffic is backed up to Sunland Park Drive and is being detoured off the freeway at Executive Center.

Interstate-10 is closed in Central El Paso because of an accident, according to emergency radio traffic. Police said that I-10 East and Gateway East are closed at Piedras Street. Police are asking drivers to avoid the area.

An accident reportedly knocked down a pole and power lines onto the freeway. Traffic is at a standstill.

Traffic is being diverted off at Executive Center.

Drivers should take alternate routes.

Former Lobo athlete involved in fatal crash

Former Lobo involved in fatal crash

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A former Lobo basketball player was involved in a deadly crash over the weekend.

According to the Odessa American newspaper, A.J. Hardeman, 25, fell asleep while driving on I-10 in Odessa, Texas, on Saturday morning, causing him to swerve and hit a guard rail.

His passenger, Adrianna Gatt, 23, of Albuquerque, was thrown from the car and died at the scene.

Hardeman and his 2-year-old daughter, who was also in the car, were taken to the hospital and later released.

Hardeman played forward for the Lobos from 2008 to 2012.

Texas-bound bus goes off I-10 when man attacks driver

TONOPAH, Ariz. (AP) — State police say a passenger attacked the driver of a Greyhound bus, leading to a crash on Interstate 10 in western Arizona that left numerous people injured.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says the Dallas-bound bus was heading east from Los Angeles when the accident occurred near Tonopah shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday.

The DPS says the bus crossed the highway median, but came to a stop before entering westbound traffic when other passengers restrained the man who had been pummeling the driver.

DPS spokesman Bart Graves says 25-year-old Maquel Donyel Morris of Los Angeles has been arrested and will be booked into jail on suspicion of numerous counts of endangerment, assault and aggravated assault.

Twenty-three people are injured, including three airlifted to hospitals for non-life threatening injuries.

Arrest affidavit reveals blood alcohol level of I-10 wrong-way driver

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Updated: Tuesday, January 21 2014, 11:50 AM MST

By: Jamel Valencia
EL PASO, Texas – The arrest affidavit for the driver who killed another man in a wrong-way crash on I-10 was obtained by KFOX14. 

According to the police record, Larry Phillip Otero had a blood alcohol level of .16.

Otero is accused of killing 29-year-old Gabriel Morales after his car struck Morales’ vehicle head-on on Interstate 10 East near Zaragoza on Nov. 14.

The affidavit states Otero drove westbound on the inside lane before crashing into Morales.

A witness spotted Otero crawling out of the driver’s side of the vehicle, according to the document.

Two months after the crash, Otero was booked on a single charge of intoxication manslaughter.

His bond was set at $50,000. According to jail records, Otero was released on bond the same day he was booked.

Arrest affidavit reveals blood alcohol level of I-10 wrong-way driver


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