Police identify 13-year-old boy killed in Lower Valley car crash

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Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 1:27pm

UPDATE: Thirteen year-old Pablo Hernandez, who died at a hospital shortly after a car crash in the Lower Valley on Saturday, January 18th, was an 8th grader at Ricardo Estrada Junior High School.

His older sister, 15 year-old Isabel Hernandez, is the second victim of the crash and remains in critical condition at Del Sol Medical Center. She is a student at Horizon High School.

Police say Pablo and Isabel's mother, Patricia Hernandez, was driving the Chevy Suburban when it was rear-ended by the Ford F-150 on Saturday afternoon at North Loop and Excelsior.

Local4News reached out to Clint Independent School District about the accident and they responded by saying, "We are extremely saddened by this tragedy. Our heartfelt condolences are with the Hernandez family. The District will have counselors available at school for students and employees who are grieving."

ORIGINAL STORY:

El Paso Police have identified the teenager who was killed in Saturday afternoon's crash in El Paso's Mission Valley as 13-year-old Pablo Hernandez.

EPPD responded to the crash in the 9300 block of North Loop near Excelsior at 4:26 on Saturday afternoon. A 2004 Chevrolet Suburban driven by 40-year-old Patricia Hernandez, was traveling east along North Loop when it was struck from behind by a 2009 Ford F-150 driven by an unidentified 32-year-old man.

The Suburban was hit so hard that it spun out of control and crashed into a rock wall. Two passengers in the car, 13-year old Pablo Hernandez and an unidentified 15-year-old female were both taken to area hospitals with life-threatening injuries, Pablo Hernandez died from his injuries.

The 15-year-old passenger remains hospitalized as of Sunday morning. Neither teen was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Patricia Hernandez, the driver of the Suburban, sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated and released from an area hospital.

Police say that the driver of the F-150 was also taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and he is still hospitalized as of Sunday morning. EPPD allege that speed and alcohol are both factors in this crash on behalf of the driver of the F-150. EPPD say charges are pending against him in this case and they will release his identity as soon as he is released from the hospital and charges are filed.

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Reader Comments

I believe raising awareness regarding seatbelts is very important. Yes, it is sad but unfortunately it is true. Things might have been different had they been wearing them and at the risk of sounding hurtful this tragedy should open many parents eyes. My condolences to the mother. I can only imagine how she must be feeling. Im not saying its her fault because it was NOT, it was 100% the drunk drivers fault. However, teaching our children the importance of wearing their seat belts is important.

It is sad with such a tragedy that anyone would post any negative comment, like had they been wearing seat belts, death may not have occurred. Anyone being the victim of being hit from the rear is pretty damaging to that driver, then you add speed and alcohol then this family is truly a victim of the driver in the F-150. It appears whatever the circumstances may be, severe results would have been the end result regardless. There are also far worst results from surviving!!!

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