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Loved ones create GoFundMe for teenager hit and killed in Horizon

HORIZON CITY, Texas (KVIA) -- Loved ones of the 17-year-old who was hit and killed in Horizon City Wednesday have created a fundraiser to help cover funeral costs.

According to a GoFundMe, family members have identified the victim as Miguel Romero.

Here is the link to the GoFundMe.

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The organizer of the fundraiser wrote, "We are still in shock and extremely devastated by these news but even though we can not come to understand how such a beautiful soul was taken away from our lives so soon, we are writing today to ask for your support to help his parents and family cover as much as possible for the funeral costs."

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The author went on to say they would like to give him a proper goodbye to honor his memory.

A spokesperson for the Clint Independent School District confirmed Romero was a Junior at Horizon High School.

Horizon City Police said the crash happened around 5:54 p.m. Wednesday. They were called out to the intersection of Darrington Rd and Pawling Dr. following a single vehicle crash involving a pedestrian.

Authorities said Romero was hit by a Ford F-150 that was turning onto Darrington Rd. Police said Romero was using a crosswalk, but they could not say who had the right of way.

The teenage victim was taken to the hospital where he died.

Witnesses on the scene told police that a red truck had left the scene following the incident. Authorities were able to track down the vehicle within Horizon City Limits around 7:50 p.m., two hours after the incident.

Authorities said the suspect, Oscar Solis, has had two previous Driving while Intoxicated convictions. The most recent one was in 2021.

"We always try to be proactive. You know, we don't want to wait until the tragedy strikes for us to go ahead and do something. So our officers are always patrolling the streets. And it's a lot of things that until what we do as we're patrolling the streets, we're also looking out for the neighborhoods. We're also responding to calls and we're out there as much as we can. We don't want to be the type of police department that's always reactive. We want to be proactive," said Heli Sierra with the Horizon Police Department.

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Oscar Solis was arrested and taken to the El Paso County Detention Center. He is facing charges of Intoxication Manslaughter and Collision Involving Death.

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