Lubbock driver charged in deadly road rage incident - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/10/09

Lubbock driver charged in deadly road rage incident

Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff

By Karin Slyker | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock man is now charged in a deadly case of road rage. Mario Ortiz, 25, remains in the Lubbock County Jail for the crash on March 20. He is charged with failure to stop and render aid, and is facing charges of manslaughter and five counts of aggravated assault.

Police say Ortiz and the occupants of a minivan were involved in a dispute at North Loop 289 and Quaker. The two sides exchanged words and hand gestures, until police say Ortiz caused the other vehicle to crash.

"It is not an accident as far as the investigation goes," said Captain Greg Stevens. "We are alleging that the collision was a result of his reckless behavior."

Paul Dewey, 33, was a passenger in the van. He died one day after the crash. Barbara Fuller, Donna Fuller, Landon Dewey, and John Lopez were also in the van. Each suffered non life-threatening injuries.

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