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1 dead, 2 seriously hurt in El Paso Christmas Eve traffic crashes

EL PASO, Texas — A pair of Christmas Eve traffic crashes in El Paso left one person dead and two others seriously injured.

A single-vehicle rollover at Gateway East and Burgundy on Friday night was responsible for the death of a Horizon City man, police confirmed. Investigators said the SUV veered off the road, struck a curb and overturned - ejecting the driver into a desert area.

Police on Saturday identified the victim as 32-year-old Rayas Rodolfo and said he died shortly after being taken to a hospital. His death was the 74th traffic fatality of the year, compared to 68 a year ago at this time.

A separate collision involving a motorcycle and a car on Airway near Viscount on Friday night left two people hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, according to first responders.

Police on Saturday identified the motorcycle driver and a passenger, 25-year-old Malachi Barker and 34-year-old David Galvan, as the two victims hospitalized; both are northeast El Paso residents and suffered head injuries in the crash.

Investigators said Barker was suspected of being intoxicated when his motorcycle jumped a curb, went over a sidewalk into a parking lot - where it struck a car exiting the parking lot.

Jim Parker

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

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  1. The loss of life any time of the year is a tragedy. Happening during a festive season makes the pain even worse for those left behind. My condolences to the family that lost their loved one.

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