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Affidavit: Man was driving up to speeds of 70 to 100 mph before crash on North Loop

By: Jamel Valencia
EL PASO, Texas - The man suspected of driving while intoxicated and crashed into the back of a Suburban on North Loop was traveling at speeds between 70 and 100 mph, according to an arrest affidavit.

At about 4:26 p.m. Saturday Julian Tapia Jr, was driving a Ford F-150 on the 9300 block of North Loop. A witness according to the document, said Tapia was traveling at speeds between 70 and 100 mph.

At the same time a Suburban with a mother and her two kids; Patricia Esparza, Isabel and Pablo Hernandez, were traveling also on North Loop.

The two teenagers were in the rear cargo area of the Suburban where no seat belts were available.

The Suburban was struck from behind causing it to crash into a rock wall. The crash killed Pablo Hernandez.

The police document stated a witness at the scene told police Tapia admitted to them that he had been drinking and speeding before the crash happened.

An officer at the crash site stated in the affidavit, that Tapia appeared intoxicated but was unable to conduct a sobriety test because he was taken to the hospital for his injuries.

Tapia provided police investigators at the hospital a blood sample which was sent to the Department of Public Safety for analysis.

Hernandez's sister suffered blunt force injuries and is listed in critical condition and remains hospitalized, stated the affidavit.

Tapia was released from the hospital, police said they arrested him and charged him with intoxication manslaughter.

Tapia was booked Monday into the El Paso County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and they expect additional charges filed against Tapia.



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