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Alleged drunk driving Ft. Bliss soldier charged in deadly central El Paso traffic crash that killed motorcyclist

Ivan Romo
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27–year old Ivan Romo of El Paso shown in his military uniform at the time this arrest mugshot was taken.
Celso Garcia Jr.
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Celso Garcia Jr., a motorcyclist killed in a crash, is seen with one of his children in this photo provided by his employer.
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Police investigate at the scene of the deadly motorcycle crash.

EL PASO, Texas -- A deadly late night crash involving four vehicles at a central El Paso intersection was the result of an accused drunk driving soldier from Fort Bliss, authorities said Friday.

The crash happened at Raynor and Yandell before 11 p.m. Thursday when police said the intoxicated driver in a pickup truck ran a red light and struck a motorcycle and two cars in the intersection - killing the motorcyclist.

The alleged drunk driver, 27–year old Ivan Romo, was being held in the downtown jail on $100,000 bond on a charge of intoxication manslaughter.

He was wearing his Army dress uniform at the time of his arrest, and officials at Fort Bliss confirmed he was active duty military. Romo identifies his Army rank as that of sergeant on his Facebook page.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by ABC-7, Romo's blood alcohol level was found to be twice the legal limit after he was arrested. He reportedly admitted to police that he was driving from one bar to another at the time of the crash and sped up at the intersection trying to beat the red light.

Police identified the motorcyclist killed as 38–year-old Celso Manuel Garcia of El Paso. He was a father of five and longtime employee at El Paso's D & H United Fueling Systems.

"We are all deeply saddened by the news of the passing of our own beloved Celso Garcia Jr.," the company said in a statement. "He was an amazing friend, brother, and colleague aside from being an outstanding father, son and husband. It goes without mention that he was also a stand-up technician that blessed our Environmental department for many years with his hard work, dedication and loyalty. "

The company set up a GoFundMe account to help his wife and children cover Garcia's funeral expenses. You can donate to it by clicking here.

Debris and blood stains could be seen in the street and along the adjacent sidewalk as investigators examined the crash scene late Thursday night and into the early morning hours Friday to piece together exactly what happened.

Police tweeted Friday that the alleged drunk driving crash was the city's first traffic fatality of the new year.

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Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.

Comments

30 Comments

  1. Drunk driving? No surprise there, probably the driver of the car. Sad for the motorcyclist. I hope they hang the drunk driver out to dry, although I suspect they will only get a slap on the wrist as most juries hand out:((

  2. Some countries have speedy trials and execute drunk drivers. That seems pretty effective plus, they never re-offend.
    Sadly here in the El Paso, he’ll get a scumbag lawyer and use a lame excuse like ptsd or depression and get the guy off with a light sentence. Not sure whose worse between the drunk, the lawyer or the judge, but all of them need to be hammered on to get maximum punishment.

    1. GEE DUBB SAYS “SOME COUNTRIES HAVE SPEEDY TRIALS” LOL. GET YOUR WHITE ASS OUT TO THOSE COUNTRIES IDIOT. YOU DONT LIKE THE AMERICAN JUSTICE SYSTEM MORON?

  3. Another of gee dubb’s/madmike/ Jamesben/nadodave’s HERO! All 4 idiots beating around the bush like gossiping women. ANOTHER DRUNK TRUMPTARD KILLS AN INNOCENT PERSON.

  4. The main Po Po Station is on Raynor, literally with in sight of Yandell.
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    This drunk would have passed right by the station if he was driving North on Raynor.
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    I live like 6 blocks from the Po Po Station. Damn.

  5. Dangit!! I was hoping that pedophile scumbag 420
    Lonesome/fero/bertha was the psych that jumped off the bridge. The std’s have inhabited its tiny little brain.

    1. Daniel Flores. You dont need acknowledgement from a loser hillbilly/peckerwood. They are now the minority and NEED TO GET ACCEPTANCE FROM US. WE DECIDE IF THEIR BEHAVIOR IS ACCEPTABLE NOW. IT’S NOT. LET THEM COME TO US NOW.

      1. ROFL. Oh look it’s the dumbass moron Alberto aka fero2amadmikegeedubb and Daniel Flores talking to himself at 4:00 am in the morning. Schizo and chronic insomnia as a punishment from the man above for being an idiot, hater and libtard.

      2. Hey faggot, you’re the only racist here. If you’d get out of your moms section 8 house, you’d get your ass kicked by some mexican dude that you’ve disgraced. They hate your guts more than anglos. They might even slice you and dice you for opening your toothless mouth. You’ve even disgraced the gay community here.

  6. DANIEL FLORES YOU DONT SEE THE GEE DUBBS OUT IN PUBLIC? WE LIKE THEM TO STAY PUT AND AWAY FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC. GEE DUBB, HUSH AND STFU. THERE IS A REASON THESE MISFITS DONT SHOW THEIR UGLY FACE.

  7. Geez, 420lonesome bertha sure shows what drugs will do to a brain. That idiot talks with herself by creating aliases. She shows the true meaning of “stupid”. You just can’t make this stuff up.

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