Las Cruces, NM (December 7, 2019) Mother and son, 25 year-old Elide Garcia and 6 year-old Jose Luis Wences were killed by a suspected drunk driver on Saturday night December 7th. The Las Cruces residents were struck head on by an SUV going the wrong way on Loop 375 near Bowie High School in El Paso on their way home to Las Cruces. Jose died upon impact while his mother, Eldie, passed a short time later at the hospital. Eldie Garcia’s boyfriend, Alberto Cuellar was also in the vehicle and remains hospitalized in serious condition.
The suspected drunk driver of the other vehicle, Juan Martinez, was also hospitalized and will be booked and charged with 2 counts of intoxicated manslaughter when released. Martinez, was driving his SUV eastbound in the wrong direction on Loop 375 west when he hit the other car Saturday night.
Drunk Driving in Texas In 2018 there was a total of 773 drunk driving related accidents in the city of El Paso with 16 of those resulting in deaths. Statewide, driving under the influence is one of the top ten reasons for accidents in Texas. (TX Dept of Transportation) Drunk Driving accidents ruin the lives of thousands of people each year by injury or death across the U.S. For more information about the specific statistics for your city, visit the Texas Department of Transportation.
If you or a loved one have been injured or a family member has suffered a wrongful death due to drunk driving, contact a car accident attorney who specializes in these cases to review your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for damages, medical treatments, and lost wages due to the incident.
Lawyers at Carabin Shaw help clients get the care and attention they deserve after a serious accident. Our experienced attorneys represent people and families who have suffered catastrophic injuries and tragic wrongful deaths. If you or a loved one has been injured or worse, contact us today at (800) 862-1260.
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