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Mistrial Declared In Fatal Traffic Crash

A mistrial has been declared in the case of the El Paso County man accused of killing a mother and injuring her two children while he was allegedly street racing.

Jurors were sequestered overnight and came back this morning to deliberate, but they couldn’t agree on a verdict. District Attorney Jaime Esparza told ABC-7 one juror was the holdout. No date has been set for the re-trial.

Prosecutors say Jose Aaron Garcia-Mata was racing his car at more than 100 mph when he slammed into an SUV that was stopped at a stop sign.

Ana Elva Morales, a 21-year-old mother who was driving the SUV, was killed. Her two children, who were in the car with her, were injured but survived.

The defense claimed there was no proof showing that Garcia-Mata was speeding or racing another vehicle.

But witnesses for the prosecution said otherwise.

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