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Police Release Mug Shot of Driver from Wednesday's Fatal Wreck

By Stephanie Valle
Published On: Dec 28 2011 07:50:28 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 30 2011 12:34:35 PM CST
EL PASO, Texas -

The El Paso Police release the mug shot of the driver from Wednesday morning's fiery fatal wreck on Mesa.

According to EPPD officials, Miguel Vargas is now booked on two (2) counts of Intoxicated Manslaughter, two (2) counts of Intoxicated Assault, and two (2) outstanding Municipal Court warrants (No Insurance and Driving Without Headlights).

Two people were killed and three others hospitalized after an early-morning crash Wednesday in West El Paso, police said.

Police said 22-year-old Miguel Vargas was speeding in a red Mitsubishi Lancer south on Mesa Street when he lost control at the Executive Center Boulevard intersection just before 2:30 a.m. In the car were Stacy Reyes, 18; Nefi Armendariz, 20; Idaly Reyes, 19; and Kim Araujo, 23.

The vehicle began sliding sideways and crashed through a rock wall before becoming airborne. The car the traveled to the bottom of an embankment at 4171 N. Mesa, struck a tree trunk and caught fire.

When the Mitsubishi hit the rock wall, Araujo, who was in the back seat, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

Idaly Reyes who was in the back seat suffered fatal injuries inside the vehicle.

Araujo's uncle, Juan Araujo, said she was the mother of a 2-year-old.

"She was a good mom," said Juan Araujo, who visited the site of the crash Wednesday afternoon. "She was a good person. She was an angel. Right now, my brother and sister-in-law are very devastated because of this tragedy."

The southbound lanes of Mesa remained closed until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, as police continued to investigate.

The fire was so extensive that the color, make and model of the vehicle could not be determined, police said.However, ABC-7 cameras spotted the bumper of a red Mitsubishi at the scene. The fire also burned the office building at 4171 N. Mesa and caused damage.

Officers with the Special Traffic Investigations unit have determined that speed, alcohol, and failure to wear seat belts are contributing factors in this fatal collision.

Armendariz, a back-seat passenger, and Stacy Reyes, a front-seat passenger, were taken to University Medical Center where their conditions are unknown.

Vargas was treated and released with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. He was arrested on suspicion of two counts of intoxicated manslaughter and two counts of intoxicated assault. His bonds totaled $250,000.

The deaths were the 73rd and 74th traffic fatalities of 2011.

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