El Paso mother looks for answers after son and six others die in crash


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The mother of one of the persons killed in the early Thursday morning crash near Downtown El Paso is looking for answers.

Adriana Acosta said her son, 19-year-old Jorge Acosta, died in the crash. (El Paso police have not identified any of the people killed in the crash but they identified the two of the three people injured.)

As KTSM reported, Border Patrol agents reportedly attempted to stop a Chevrolet Cruze that Acosta was in moments before the car crashed into a building at about 2:15 a.m. near the intersection of Paisano Drive and San Antonio Street.

El Paso police confirmed seven people died, and three others suffered life-threatening injuries.

Acosta said she didn’t know where her son was coming from and doesn’t understand why Border Patrol was chasing the car. She said she went to police looking for answers.

“(Police) are not saying anything about the Border Patrol,” Acosta said. “If they could have prevented this, if they could have done a better way of stopping them.”

Acosta said her son, Jorge, leaves behind his 1-year-old son, Jayden.

“He became a young dad at a very young age,” she said. “He was a very responsible father for his age.”

Acosta and her family have started a GoFundMe to pay for funeral expenses for Jorge Acosta.

On Friday, El Paso police released details on the people involved in the crash. Four males and three females died; another three males, ages 16, 18 and 25 were injured, El Paso Police said in a news release.

​EPPD only identified two of the survivors by name: Omar Garcia Hernandez, 18 of Juarez, Mexico, and Wilmur Gomez, 25, of Guatemala. ​

Here is the information on the victims who died. None of their names were released:

  • An 18-year-old man from El Paso (driver)
  • Mexican national man
  • Woman with no other information
  • El Paso woman
  • El Paso man
  • El Paso woman
  • Woman with no other information

The three victims who were taken to area hospitals with injures include:

  • 16-year-old boy from Juarez
  • Omar Garcia Hernandez, 18, from Juarez
  • Wilmur Gomez, 25, from Guatemala

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