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Man accused of hosting underage party where Franklin HS students attended faces charges

Mug shot of Angel Fernando Hernandez

An adult believed to have hosted a party where underage drinking took place before a serious crash occurred with people who attended the gathering was arrested. Sunland Park Police believe both drivers were under the influence of alcohol.

Angel Fernando Hernandez, 35, is facing four charges of giving liquor to a minor and four counts of contributing to delinquency of a minor, according to Dona Ana County jail records.

Hernandez was booked into jail on Tuesday, according to records.

Sunland Park police is handling the investigation where a group of teens in a Jeep Wrangler crashed into another vehicle in November at the intersection of Edinburgh and Lees near McNutt Road.

Both drivers of the vehicles were believed to have been intoxicated, according to Sunland Park police.

The teens riding in the Jeep were identified as students of Franklin High School; James McClain-Green, Michael Nikicicv, Pablo Payan and two other juveniles.

A neighbor who was driving through at the time of the accident helped out while they waited for police to arrive.

"We see him on the ground and at that point he wasn't really responding. Then you have teenagers off to he side and they're crying they're screaming. And you're just trying to make an assessment of what's going and before you it you just jump into action," Marlon Lewis said.

The other driver was identified as 28-year-old James Furman, said Sunland Park police.

During the preliminary investigation, Sunland Park police said they were looking into the adult who hosted the party the teens had attended.

The city of El Paso also has a host social ordinance.

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