Harlingen, Texas – March 24, 2011
A driver faces a murder charge, according to officials, after a crash on Thursday that killed Maria Delaluz, 44, of Harlingen.
Eric Christopher Gonzales of Rio Hondo was being chased by police while driving his truck when the crash happened, said officials with the Harlingen Police Department. Mr. Gonzales, 31, was booked into the Harlingen City Jail and faces charges of aggravated assault, murder, evading arrest, being a felon in possession of a weapon and possession of marijuana. He was being held in lieu of $1.18 million bail.
Police had ordered to Mr. Gonzales to stop his pickup truck after officers saw him perform a traffic violation. A pursuit ensued, in which Mr. Gonzales’ truck struck a Nissan Altima driven by 50-year-old Javia Osorino Ibarra. The crash was reported at Ed Carey Drive near the intersection of U.S. Route 77 and U.S. Route 83.
Mr. Ibarra, who is Mrs. Delaluz’s husband, was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Information on his condition was not available.
A passenger in Mr. Gonzales’ truck, 27-year-old Nydia Gonzales, of Rio Hondo, was also arrested. She is charged with possession of marijuana.
Texas communities statewide generally see 9.6 major traffic accidents per 1,000 population, according to The Texas Department of Transportation.
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