Five killed in traffic accidents in El Paso area over MLK weekend

It was a deadly Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, with at least five people killed in separate traffic accidents on the streets and highways in the El Paso area.

The series of unrelated traffic accidents began on Friday afternoon when a man was hit by a car while trying to pick up a tarp that had fallen from a truck on the Patriot Freeway. The crashes continued with a fatal single-vehicle collision early Sunday morning in south-central El Paso.

Names and other information are yet to be released as the investigation continues.

Sunday fatal accident

Police said one person died at the scene of a one-car accident early Sunday morning on the 6700 block of El Paso Drive in south-central El Paso. The accident is being investigated by a special group for the investigation of traffic accidents.

Accidents on Trans Mountain Road, Sunland Park

Two people riding a motorcycle were taken to hospital with serious injuries after a crash around 1 p.m. Saturday on Trans Mountain Road, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said. The crash was not fatal. The extent of their injuries was not reported.

On Saturday morning, one person was killed in a rollover that caused the vehicle to flip inside a dry irrigation canal in the 5900 block of Crawford Road in Sunland Park, New Mexico, the Sunland Park Fire Department announced on Twitter. There were no other patients. The crash is under investigation.

Pedestrian killed on border road

Before dawn on Saturday, a pedestrian was killed in a collision with the Cesar Chavez Border Highway near Midway Drive in the Lower Valley’s Riverside neighborhood, El Paso police said. The man died in the hospital. Investigators are looking for a black car with a damaged front end.

The highway along the Rio Grande is a border crossing point for undocumented migrants. Road signs warn drivers to watch out for unexpected pedestrians.

Anyone with information about a runaway driver can call Police Emergency Services at 915-832-4400 or call Crime Stoppers of El Paso anonymously at 915-566-8477 (TIPS).

Motorcyclist dies in collision on Dyer Street

A man on a motorcycle was killed in a collision with a pickup truck on a left turn on Dyer Street and Amin Drive. The collision occurred at 8:46 pm Friday on Dyer Street in northeast El Paso.

The motorcyclist was driving a black 2006 Honda CBR heading south on Dyer at high speed when a maroon 2016 GMC Sierra heading north on Dyer attempted to turn left onto Amin, police said.

The driver of the pickup truck, 54-year-old Christopher William Martin of northeast El Paso, allegedly failed to yield right of way to the motorcycle, police said. The passenger of the truck was identified as Maria Delourdes Martin, 54, also from the Northeast.

The motorcyclist died at the scene. His name has not been released until next of kin are notified, police said.

The collision occurred in the same Dyer block where a man died and a 15-year-old girl was critically injured on Monday when the Nissan Pathfinder also turned left and collided with a southbound Ford Focus.

Man dies after grabbing fallen tarp on Patriot Highway

Minutes before 1:00 p.m. Friday, a 32-year-old man from northeast El Paso died when he was hit by a car while trying to grab a tarp that fell from a pickup truck on the Patriot Freeway, police said.

Police said a 43-year-old Lower Valley man driving a white 2008 Ford F-250 stopped on the right north lane of US 54 near Fred Wilson Avenue after the tarp partially fell off the bed of the truck, police said.

One of the passengers in the truck got out to pick up the tarp. When the man grabbed the tarp, the 21-year-old man driving a 2016 Volkswagen Jetta swerved to avoid a stopped truck and hit the man as well as the truck’s open door, police said.

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Passers-by and paramedics tried to help the mortally wounded man, who died at the scene, police said.

The northbound Patriot Freeway lanes were closed for several hours Friday night due to an accident investigation.

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