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Affidavit: Driver in deadly DWI crash was trying to get away from people trying to kill him

By: Jesse Martinez and Sarai Bejarano
EL PASO, Texas - A woman was killed following a three-vehicle crash early Saturday morning in east El Paso and a man allegedly responsible for it faces an intoxicated manslaughter charge.

According to the El Paso Police Department, authorities received a call about a crash in the 1600 block of Zaragoza Road at 2:23 a.m.

The Special Traffic Investigations Unit was called to the scene. The unit's investigation said that Brian Anthony Gamero, 27, was driving a gray PT Cruiser south on Zaragoza Road when he hit the back of a silver Mazda MX3 driven by Crystal Saldana, 22.

The impact forced Saldana into the northbound lane. A gray Ford F-150 driven by Armand Carbajal, 54, then struck Saldana's Mazda MX3. The Mazda and the Ford truck both came to a stop in the northbound lanes of Zaragoza Road.

The PT Cruiser continued south before crossing into the northbound lane, then came to a rest.

Saldana was taken to Del Sol Medical Center, where she later died from her injuries. Carbajal was also taken to a hospital for minor injuries, police said.

According to court documents, Gamero was at a Whataburger before the crash where two people were going to "jump/kill" him, so he was trying to get away.

Officers said Gamero appeared to be drunk and had a slurred speech, and he told an officer he had one drink at El Luchador, a bar-restaurant on the same block as the accident.

Gamero told an officer he was going "like 30-40 mph." The speed limit in that area is 50 mph.

When asked if he was sure he was going that speed, Gamero told the officer, "Maybe faster to get rid of them."

Gamero was placed under arrest and charged with intoxicated manslaughter, and he was booked into the county jail. Gamero, who was also booked on outstanding warrants, had his bail total $86,324.