Grand Prairie Police have arrested Noel Romero of Arlington, Texas on charges of Intoxication Manslaughter following a fatal crash that killed a child and sent three other people to the hospital. Grand Prairie Police have indicated that they believe Noel Romero (31) allegedly was driving a GMC pickup westbound I-20 at Texas 161 that rearended a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer. The crash happened at 1:32 a.m., As a result of the impact, the Blazer being driven by Maria Rangel was then pushed into a Mercedes being driven by Clement Grant. The collision was severe enough that it caused the occupants of the Blazer to be ejected. Maria Rangel (22), and her two children and another occupant were all injured in the crash. Rangel was transported to Parkland where she is being treated for internal injuries. Maria Rangel’s one year old child Ab Yahir Sotelo was careflighted to Children’s Hospital but later died from injuries sustained in the crash while 3-year-old Yahaira Sotelo was treated and released. The identity of the fourth occupant has not been released, but that person is also listed in critical condition at Methodist Hospital in Dallas.
According to police, Romero fled the scene but was arrested a short time later in Arlington after being stopped while driving on a flat tire. Romero has been charged with intoxication manslaughter. In addition, prosecutors have the option of adding additional charges for intoxication assault depending upon the severity of the injuries sustained by the remaining victims.
According to information from NHTSA and MADD, night time is still the most dangerous time to be driving. Approximately 28% of all motor vehicle accidents that occur between the hours of midnight and 3 A.M. involve a driver with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 (legally intoxicated in the State of Texas) or higher. Approximately 21% of all collisions that occur between the hours of 9 PM and midnight involved a driver with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher.
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