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Socorro man charged with intoxicated manslaughter in deadly crash

Update (June 12, 2024): Court documents state that officers believed Parada was drunk at the time of the crash due to alleged slurred speech, swaying, blurry and watery eyes, and an unknown alcohol odor coming off his body.

Court documents report that Parada told officers the following: "yes, me and my friend were at the Speaking Rock Casino. I was driving and my friend was in the passenger seat."

Officers report that Parada told them he had consumed multiple tequila shots and multiple beers. Court documents state that Parada has a prior DWI conviction from 2019.

Tribal Officers patrolling Zaragoza had gotten an alert from Speaking Rock Casino about people who caused a disturbance inside. When the officer saw Parada's car, described by casino staff, he or she tried to stop Parada. Parada's car crashed into a pole soon after, court documents state.


Update (June 10, 2024): El Paso Police arrested and charged 36-year-old Socorro resident Ramon Jaime Parada with intoxication manslaughter. They booked him on a $110,000 bond.

Courtesy: EPPD

Police say the passenger, 25-year-old Socorro resident Rey Leonardo Mendez died in the crash.

Special Traffic Investigators are still looking into the collision. They say Parada was "speeding" south on Zaragoza when he drove head-on into a metal pole near the Zaragoza and Americas intersection.

"Parada was found to be intoxicated and was taken into custody," police officials explained. "The investigation revealed Parada had fled from Tribal Police before the crash."


Update: Special Traffic Investigators with the El Paso Police Department are responding to a crash in lower valley.

Police confirm one person has died as a result of the single vehicle crash and another was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Southbound Americas Avenue is closed to traffic at Zaragoza as police investigate the crash.

TxDOT reports traffic is being detoured on the turnaround and access to the Zaragoza Port of Entry is not currently affected.


EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) - El Paso Police say all lanes at Americas South and Zaragoza have been shut down after a crash.

It happened before 1 p.m. Sunday.

El Paso Fire say two people were transported to an area hospital with life threatening injuries.

Police are asking drivers to observe the detour.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.

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