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Socorro teen rolls speeding Jeep into canal and dies in off-road crash

UPDATE: A 15-year-old Socorro boy rolled his speeding Jeep into a canal while off-roading and died, El Paso police investigators said Tuesday afternoon.

The deadly mishap occurred earlier in the day along the Franklin Canal levee near the 1000 block of Southside.

"The 15-year-old, for unknown reasons, lost control of the vehicle causing the vehicle to travel up towards the Franklin Canal levee. The jeep rolled over, causing him to be ejected from the jeep. The teen died from his injuries at the scene," police wrote in an incident report.

Investigators indicated the boy was ejected because he wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

The teen's name was not released by authorities.

ORIGINAL REPORT: EL PASO, Texas -- A motorist was killed after their vehicle crashed, rolled over and landed in a canal on Wednesday morning, according to El Paso police.

Investigators were summoned to the scene along the Franklin Drain in Socorro near Rio Bosque about 10:45 a.m. upon word of the fatality.

It's believed the driver was off-roading at the time of the deadly incident. No further details were immediately available.

Jim Parker

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



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