Arrest Made in Connection to Fatal Crash
DATE: October 28, 2019
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Intoxication Manslaughter “2nd Degree Felony”
DATE/TIME OCCURRED: October 27, 2019 at approximately 2311 hours
LOCATION: 42nd Street & Preston Smith
Odessa Police have made an arrest in connection to a fatal crash that occurred late last night in Northeast Odessa. Edgar Mendoza Cruz, 07/30/1986, has been charged with Intoxication Manslaughter “2nd Degree Felony”, Intoxication Assault “2nd Degree Felony’, and two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon “2nd Degree Felony”. On October 27, 2019 at approximately 2311 hours, Odessa Police and Odessa Fire Rescue responded to 42nd and Preston Smith in reference to a major crash involving three vehicles.
Investigation revealed that a Hyundai sedan, being operated by Tiana Garza, 21 years of age, was traveling westbound on 42nd Street. A Jeep Cherokee, being operated by Luz Maria Flores, 35 years of age, of Midland, was traveling westbound on 42nd Street, behind the Hyundai. The passenger of the Jeep Cherokee was identified as Luis Flores, 38 years of age, of Midland and the passenger of the Hyundai sedan was identified as Johnny Hinojos, 21 years of age.
Investigation revealed that a Ford Raptor, being operated by Edgar Mendoza, Cruz, was traveling westbound on 42nd Street at a very high rate of speed. Mendoza struck the Jeep Cherokee, causing the Jeep Cherokee to strike the Hyundai sedan. Luz Maria Flores was transported to Medical Center Hospital and later pronounced deceased by medical personnel. Next of kin were notified. Luis Flores was transported to Medical Center Hospital with serious bodily injury. Johnny Hinojos was transported to Medical Center Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. There were no reports of any other injuries.
Investigation revealed that Edgar Mendoza Cruz was intoxicated. Based on the facts and circumstances presented during the investigation, he was charged and arrested accordingly and transported to the ECLEC. The investigation continues.
Edgar Mendoza Cruz