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28-year-old who crashed speeding car into concrete barrier is El Paso’s 70th, final traffic death of 2020

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Police close off an exit from Loop 375 at Executive Center after a serious crash.

UPDATE, Jan. 1: A 28-year-old El Paso man, who police say lost control of his speeding car and crashed into a concrete barrier, was the final traffic fatality of 2020 in the city.

Police said Friday that Francisco Grajeda died late Thursday night at University Medical Center, making him the 70th traffic death to close out the year.

Investigators wrote in a report that "Grajeda was traveling east in the center lane of Loop 375 at a high rate of speed. Grajeda was unable to make the mandatory turn onto Executive Center. Grajeda's vehicle continued eastbound, crossing the center lane median before colliding head-on with a concrete barrier."

Traffic deaths in El Paso dropped by just one from the prior year; 2019 saw 71 fatalities on local roads.

ORIGINAL REPORT, Dec. 31: EL PASO, Texas -- A traffic crash with serious injuries was reported late New Year's Eve along the Executive Center overpass to Loop 375 in west El Paso.

Investigators were summoned to the scene just before 10 p.m. for what appeared to be a car that crashed head-on into a concrete barrier.

Police said the Interstate 10 east exit to Executive was shut down due to the crash; access to Loop 375 was not impacted.

Authorities didn't immediately indicate how many people were in the vehicle that crashed, but at least one was seriously hurt.

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Jim Parker

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

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      1. It’s 2021 madmike. Time to keep up with the times and realize being gay or trans is no big deal boo. Once again the KKKVIA trolls are happy someone lost their life. Why do you guys love to celebrate tragedies? Oh wait that’s because you are miserable trolls. I have a feeling your family does not communicate with you because you are so unpleasant. Viva 2021!

          1. See madmike my point exactly. You are a miserable angry person. You can’t even have a new attitude this year. Are you in therapy, I can find you a good therapist if you need help. God bless you.

        1. No such thing as a “Tran”. If you have a penis you are a male. If you have a vagina you are a female. That’s it. There is no other option. If you believe otherwise you suffer from mental illness. If you don’t like how you were born get psychological help.

          1. Not true maga, if you look in the mirror you will see a huge vagina and you are a man lol. Also change your name boo…you lost! Don’t be ashamed if you do have a mental illness maga, there is help for you.

  1. This entire area of the I-10 connect project has been seriously flawed in it’s engineering. The whole project will have to be bulldozed and reconstructed. Everyone connected with this design will have to be jailed. There is an accident there every 20 minutes.

  2. You two assholes are the ones always crying about your taxes. Your taxes and mine will go up when we have to pay for the demolition of this entire project and its re- construction.

    1. No body said anything about taxes. You don’t know anything about anything and now all of a sudden you are a Civil Engineer? Whatever dude. Our complaint is to your constant knee jerk reactions and wanting EVERYONE who knows more than you thrown in jail. You’re an idiot.

          1. I have a new theory about this punk turner. He says his mom was 15 when he was born, that means someone got her pregnant at 14, in 1960. Now, just what king of pervert gets a 14 year old girl pregnant? Also, what would happen to any creep that did that back in 1960? MARK TURNER Sr., that’s who! You know, the guy that has child-sex convictions in three states, and just got released from a half-way house in El Paso.

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