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Northeast El Paso residents react to deadly pedestrian accident

By: Stacey Welsh

EL PASO, Texas -- Northeast El Paso residents are calling for change at the intersection of Dyer Street and Sun Valley Drive, after a car hit and killed a 17-year-old trying to cross Dyer.

Jacob Herrera died at the scene. The accident happened at about 8:30 p.m. Friday.

"His family was right here. It was like a parking lot last night. There were a lot of cars here and a lot of people were crying. It was just really sad," Butler said.

The El Paso Police Department arrested driver Jason Messer, 41, and booked him into the El Paso County Jail. He was going through a green light when he hit Herrera, but police said he continued driving down Dyer. He eventually flagged down a state trooper several miles away.

"This is not the first fatality that I've seen out here. It's really sad because I live in this neighborhood. I grew up here. People I love live here. What if that had been somebody I knew or somebody I loved?" Butler said.

Butler also witnessed an accident at the same intersection last summer. That crash threw a 2-year-old boy from a pickup truck.

People in the area KFOX14 spoke with said the intersection is too dark.

"The only lights out here were the 7-Eleven sign and the light across the street from the lube shop," Butler said.

Some also said they often see people speeding, often well past the 50mph limit.
"It's a pretty fast street because of Dyer, and it's a pretty long crossing there," Northeast El Paso resident Daniel Garcia said.

Residents in the area said they plan to reach out to city officials to find out how more lights can go up around the intersection.