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Affidavit: Fort Bliss soldier drove 123 mph in deadly rollover
By: Jamel Valencia and Jesse Martinez
EL PASO, Texas More details were released in Saturday's deadly rollover accident involving a Fort Bliss soldier that suggest he was traveling at high speeds before he lost control.
An Anthony woman was killed Saturday around 3 a.m. on Loop 375 near Railroad Drive in northeast El Paso in a rollover accident.
Leeza Lugo, 23, was partially ejected from the pickup truck. She had been seated in the middle of the front seat. She died at the scene.
Four other passengers were in the pickup at the time of the crash.
Police said three of the passengers were taken to University Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver, Jacob McGuire, a 22-year-old Fort Bliss soldier, was also taken to UMC.
According to the arrest affidavit, McGuire drove a 2005 Dodge Ram while intoxicated and lost control while speeding.
Investigators said McGuire veered into the right shoulder while traveling east on Loop 375 and then veered to the left to avoid getting off the road. He lost control of his pickup truck, drove across two lanes, flipped over the concrete barrier and landed on the westbound lanes. The vehicle continued traveling in the wrong direction until the vehicle came to a stop, according to the affidavit.
The Police Department's Special Traffic Investigations Unit later determined that he was driving 123 mph when he began to lose control, the affidavit stated.
Lugo received blunt force injuries to her head and died at the scene. McGuire and the other passengers sustained minor injuries and were hospitalized.
According to the affidavit, a responding officer met with McGuire at the hospital and noticed that he had bloodshot eyes and a slurred speech. McGuire admitted to the officer that he had been drinking.
A blood sample was taken from McGuire and submitted for testing. His results are pending.
McGuire was released from the hospital Sunday evening and booked into the El Paso County Jail on an intoxicated manslaughter charge.
His bond was set at $10,000.