Road Rage Led to Deadly Crash on Highway Loop

January 4, 2018 Updated: January 4, 2018    

A man was killed in a deadly crash during an apparent road rage incident on the westbound lanes of Loop 375, police said.

Jonathan Perez, 27, was driving a 2008 Hyundai Elantra in the left lane of Trans Mountain Road in northwest El Paso, Texas, as Carlos Hoyos, 64, followed in a 2013 Dodge Challenger, according to police.

Officials said Perez stopped his Hyundai in the left lane, and Hoyos stopped the Challenger behind him. “Both drivers exited their vehicles and confronted each other” police said in a statement on Jan. 3.

Passenger Jose Solis, 41, remained seated in the Challenger.

Then a separate car, a 2011 Camaro, struck the Challenger from behind, sending it off the roadway, and then hitting the Hyundai.  Solis was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

El Paso Police spokesman Enrique Carrillo told ABC7 that the collision should have “never happened.”

“An innocent person lost their life because two people decided that it would be a good idea to stop on the lanes of travel at 5:50 in the morning,” he said.

The driver of the Camaro, 31-year-old Nidia Ugalde was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the El Paso Times reported.

According to KGNS-TV, westbound lanes of Loop 375 were closed off after the collision, and police remained on scene for hours.

In an interview with ABC7, UTEP psychologist Dan Jones cautioned drivers to not get into heated arguments with other drivers on the road.

“What you fail to realize is even though you’re technically right, by engaging or provoking another individual, you often go from right to being wrong,” he said.

“Individuals are not thinking rationally in that moment,” He added. “So a lot of times individuals will engage in short angry bursts that they would later regret.

“I think the best thing to say is ‘this is not worth it. this is not worth it. So what? You’re right, the person’s wrong. There’s no way to fix what the other person did on the road, but there is a way to make it worse.”

Aerial view of Loop 375. (Screenshot via Google Maps)

 

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