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El Paso Teen Critically Injured by Distracted Driver

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

A teenager sustained life-threatening injuries after being struck by a driver who may have been using a cell phone when the incident occurred.

About the El Paso Accident

According to KFOX-14, 14-year-old Paola Munoz was rushed to the hospital after being hit by a 2004 Chevrolet Trail Blazer around 6 pm Friday.

Munoz was in a crossing Alameda Avenue near Ysleta High School when she was struck by the 62-year-old driver. Munoz was in a crosswalk.

Investigators suspect the driver was distracted a cell phone when the accident occurred. Investigators have not determined whether charges will be filed in connection with the incident.

 Texas Auto Accident Statistics

  • The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recorded 3,377 traffic-related fatalities in 2013, marking a 1.05-percent decrease from the 3,413 deaths recorded in2012.
  • 485 pedestrians and 48 pedalcyclists were killed in traffic accidents in 2013.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents with 89,270 people suffering serious injuries.
  • Using available crash data for 2013, TxDOT estimates:
    • One person was killed in a traffic accident in Texas every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
    • A person was injured every 2 minutes and 16 seconds.
    • A reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds.


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