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Speeding driver faulted in deadly central El Paso crash now jailed on manslaughter charge

UPDATE: The speeding driver accused of causing last Wednesday's deadly crash was released from the hospital on Tuesday and then arrested by police on a manslaughter charge.

Authorities said Andreus Michael Johnson, 20, was booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility where he was being held on a $100,000 bond. Police said a mugshot was not immediately available for release.

ORIGINAL REPORT: EL PASO, Texas -- A two-vehicle crash Wednesday night in central El Paso killed one person and injured two others, police said.

The crash involving a sports car and an SUV happened around 7 p.m. at Piedras and Harrison.

Police on Thursday identified the victim who died as 67-year-old Herlinda Castro. A passenger in Castro's SUV, 18-year old Ashley Saucedo, and the driver of the sports car, 20-year-old Andreus Michael Johnson, both were hospitalized at University Medical Center.

Investigators said Johnson's car was speeding when it ran a stop sign at the intersection and broadsided the SUV. Charges against Johnson in connection with Castro's death are pending, police said Thursday.

Castro was the tenth traffic death of the year on El Paso roadways, according to a police records. Investigators have cited speeding as a factor in most of those traffic deaths.

There were just five fatalities on the roads last year at this time.

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