Survivor in south central El Paso crash recalls serious accident

Updated: Monday, September 1 2014, 09:42 PM MDT
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By: Crystal Price
EL PASO, Texas -- One woman was killed and several other people were injured in an early morning crash on Delta Drive in south central El Paso.

Investigators said 40-year-old Susana Flores was driving a white Toyota Camry eastbound on Delta Drive when she crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a Nissan Frontier.

Authorities said witnesses told them Flores was on her cellphone while she was driving.

Fred Castruita, 20, was riding in the Nissan Frontier with three other friends and his brother, Andrew. The other friends in the truck were Edwin Valenzuela, Salvador Zavala, and Herbert Cortez.

Castruita said the group of friends were on their way home from the Sun City Music Festival on Delta around 2:30 a.m. Monday when the accident happened.

"We were just having a good time going to Sun City," Castruita said. "We were exhausted and we were going to go home and eat."

But the group did not get too far.

"All I remember is my friend, he yelled to the driver, he told him, 'oh, watch out,' and I just remember crashing," Castruita said. "I don't remember how I hurt myself, I just remember getting out of the car. Just looking down on me and I had blood everywhere."

The crash left Castruita with deep cuts to the face, but he said his brother Andrew's injuries were much worse.

"I just remember looking back at my brother, he told me he was OK but he was grabbing his stomach like you could tell something was wrong,"Castruita said.

He said Andrew was rushed to the hospital where he is still being treated, but he is expected to be OK.

Castruita said one of his other friends in the crash suffered a broken nose, but everyone is expected to be fine.

But he added that the real horror of the night happened when authorities went to check on the woman in the Camry.

"I just remember them taking her out of the car," Castruita said. "That's when it hit me, 'oh, this is a serious crash'"

Flores died of her injuries later at the hospital.

"It just happened so fast," Castruita said. "It's crazy how things can happen so fast, you can be here one day and the next day you're gone."

Castruita said even as his wounds are still healing, he said in the midst of this tragedy everyone should wake up to the dangers of distracted driving.

"I just hope a lot of people realize someone lost a life just because of a text and I just hope it makes them think different next time," Castruita said. "Don't text and drive, it's not worth a life."

Castruita said he and everyone in the truck were all wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

Survivor in south central El Paso crash recalls serious accident
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