Deadly crash reported on Loop 375 at Paseo Del Norte in northwest El Paso
EL PASO, TEXAS (KFOX14) —
The man killed following a "road rage" incident was identified by El Paso police.
Jose Solis, 41, was a passenger in one of the vehicles involved in the deadly collision Wednesday morning, said police.
A sergeant with the El Paso Police Department said the collision that happened near Hospitals of Providence Northwest campus was sparked by road rage.
Jonathan Perez, 27, was driving a Hyundai Elantra westbound on Transmountain Road (Loop 375) in the left lane, said police. They said he was followed by 64-year-old Carlos Hoyos driving a Dodge Challenger.
A witness, Javier Baez, said he saw the two cars tailgating and driving recklessly for miles on Transmountain Road.
“The guy driving slow in the left lane didn’t want to move over to the right,” Baez said. “The silver (car) wanted to go fast and because he wouldn’t move over to the right, he started to tailgate.”
Baez said he saw the driver of the Hyundai Elantra slam on the brakes multiple times.
“They’re going fast down the mountain, then all of a sudden I see the red lights again,” he said. “They were dead stopped in the road when I got to them.”
Sgt. Enrique Carillo said Perez stopped his vehicle in the left lane and Hoya stopped as well behind him.
Perez and Hoya got out of their vehicles and confronted each other, said Carrillo. Hoya's passenger, Solis, stayed inside the car but was seriously injured when a third vehicle rear-ended the Dodge Challenger.
The crash was reported around 5:50 a.m.
The driver of the third vehicle was identified as 31-year-old Nidia Ugalde.
Solis was taken to the hospital where he died, said Carrillo.
Around 11:51 a.m. the roadway in both directions reopened.
A local defensive driving program coordinator said drivers need to give others space and stay calm regardless of what others on the road do.
“The rule of thumb is three to four seconds from the vehicle in front of you,” Sandra Marquez with S.V.M. Defensive Driving said. “You’re giving yourself time more than anything, to be able to react to the unexpected actions of others.”