Whatever Happened to the Slaton Road Rage Case? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

07/21/03

Whatever Happened to the Slaton Road Rage Case?

Three months ago, a mother and her two daughters were killed in an accident on the Slaton Highway. Police suspected they were victims of road rage, and recommended the Lubbock County District Attorney's office file charges on the man in the other car involved in the wreck.

So, whatever happened to this case? Cases like this sometimes fade from the headlines after a few days, so we decided to follow-up and bring you the latest. And it turns out, the D.A.'s office will likely present this case to the grand jury next week.

It was a gruesome scene on Sunday, April 13th on U.S. Highway 84 near Slaton. A green blazer crushed into a crumpled ball of metal after flipping several times.

"The first report we received was several injuries and an ambulance was needed," says Slaton Police Lt. Billy Timms. But Lt. Timms and emergency crews were about to learn it was much more serious than just injuries. Veronica Flores and her two daughters, Cassandra and Celestina, were all dead when police arrived. The 7 and 8 year-old girls were ejected from the car. Their mother was still in the car. Their 11-year-old brother survived, but not without injuries.

After a week-long investigation and a reconstruction of the accident scene, police concluded that this was a case of road rage. They say both drivers played a role in the crash, weaving in and out of traffic at times and cutting each other off. Slaton police have now turned the case over to the D.A.'s office. Police recommend the D.A. file three counts of voluntary manslaughter against Chaz Michael Eiguren. Eiguren was driving the Lincoln Continental that clipped Flores' blazer.

The case will be heard next Tuesday, July 29th by a Lubbock County grand jury. All this because of a devastating sequence of events that police say could have easily been avoided.

Police say if you do find yourself involved in that dangerous game called road rage, slow down and let the other vehicle pass you by. Wait until it's safe before resuming your drive. In worst case scenarios, get the license plate number and a description of the vehicle, then get to a public place and call police.

By the way, the 11-year-old boy who survived the accident is doing fine, and he's now with relatives here in Lubbock.

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