Intoxicated manslaughter charges filed after weekend accident - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/18/10

Intoxicated manslaughter charges filed after fatal weekend accident

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A local woman is now charged with intoxication manslaughter after Sunday's fatal accident that left two dead.

No one that was involved in the accident made it home that morning.

Family member David Martinez says his 53-year old mother, Virginia Lepe, and passenger 67-year-old Antonio Loredo, were driving from the Latin Paradise club, but never made it home to 27th Street.

"I'm still trying to cope with the reality that she ain't coming home..." says David Martinez, Virginia Lepe's son.

Police say around one 1:00 a.m. Sunday, Leper attempted a u-turn when 33-year-old Josephine Hernandez t-boned her Oldsmobile.

Leper and Loredo were rushed to University Medical Center where they later died.

"Nobody ever expects this, to hear that you've lost your parents you know and I'm at a loss really for words," says Martinez.

Hernandez didn't make it home either. She was arrested and charged with two counts of intoxicated manslaughter.

But police are still investigating the accident.

"We're looking on both parts to determine if the failed to yield the right away was contributing factor," says Cpl. Timothy Seely, the LPD accident investigator. "We're also looking to see if speed was a contributing factor."

Lepe left behind three sons, a daughter and several grandchildren in Lubbock.

NewsChannel 11 is continuing to follow this story and will keep you updated on this case as the details unfold.

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD)- Josephine Hernandez, 33, has been charged with two counts of intoxicated vehicular manslaughter after she was involved in a car accident that killed 53-year-old Virginia Lepe and 67-year-old Antonio Loredo.

Police say that Lepe made an illegal u-turn in the 2300 block of Clovis Road around 1:00 a.m. Sunday when her car was struck by Hernandez' car.

Loredo and Lepe were taken to University Medical Center where they later died. Hernandez suffered moderate injuries. Hernandez is being held in the Lubbock County Jail.

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