LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - "What we've been able to determine is that it was in fact a road rage situation," Lubbock Police Captain Greg Stevens said. Authorities say a lane dispute on North Loop 289 landed one man in jail, killed another and left four others injured.
Lubbock homicide detectives took lead Monday on Friday's wreck at North Loop 289 and Quaker Avenue. Investigators say Mario Adolfo Ortiz, 25, caused the crash. He remained in the Lubbock County Jail Monday evening. He is charged with manslaughter and aggravated assault.
"It is not an accident as far as the investigation goes. We are alleging that the collision was a result of his reckless behavior," Stevens said. Investigators say Ortiz collided with a Ford van round 6:40 p.m. Friday. The crash caused the van to rollover.
Saturday morning, Paul Dewey, 33, died from his injuries. Investigators tell NewsChannel 11 he was ejected from the back seat. Funeral arrangements are now pending.
The woman driving the van, Barbara Fuller, 49, remained in critical condition at University Medical Center Monday evening. Authorities say she was partially ejected. Donna Fuller, 27, also remained hospitalized Monday. Investigators tell us she was thrown from the van. Her infant son, one-year-old Landon Dewey was treated and released, as was a 52-year-old fifth passenger John Lopez.
Now, police say the Isuzu Rodeo Ortiz was driving was not even his. Authorities arrested him Friday evening, shortly after the crash, on an un-related warrant. Ortiz faces up to 20-years in prison for manslaughter and he could face more.
Investigators ask anyone who might have seen the vehicles Friday evening on the North Loop to call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000. In the meantime, family members set up a memorial fund for Paul Dewey. You may donate at any Wells Fargo Bank.