Alcohol And Speed May Have Caused Deadly Central Lubbock Accident - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/21/08

Alcohol And Speed May Have Caused Deadly Central Lubbock Accident

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Alcohol and speed could be the cause of a deadly car accident in Central Lubbock, but police say they are continuing to investigate the accident in the 2700 block of Avenue P.

Reports show Lucia Morales lost control of a 1992 Mazda Protégé before she hit a utility pole around 4 a.m. Friday morning.

Reports show Morales hit a curb and lost control of the car. It then spun nearly 180 degrees bending around the utility pole. EMS took passenger 21-year-old Deborah Perea to UMC with minor injuries. However, police say Morales died at the scene.

Family members NewsChannel 11 spoke with say Morales was headed to her sister's house. However, they do not know if it was alcohol, an argument or fast driving which caused the accident that took her life.

Sometimes the pictures of life shatter all too early.

"This is my Lucia, my baby," Lupe Morales, Lucia's mother said.

Holding a picture of her daughter, Lupe says her youngest daughter's graduation from Coronado High School in 2005 was a proud day.

"She had told me she was going back to college," Lupe added. 

Instead, Lucia's mother is now making funeral arraignments for her 21-year-old daughter.

"She's having her autopsy done Monday and then we'll know if she really had some alcohol in herself and if she didn't then we'll know that maybe they were just playing on the street," Lupe said.

Lupe says her daughter went to Club Dallas Thursday night. Apparently, Lucia's brother drove her home around 3 a.m.

"She came home and my grandma seen her here and my brother, she came and dropped off my brother," Lucia's older sister Sylvia Luna said.

Sylvia says Morales then left in her mother's car with 21-year-old Deborah Perea.

"I guess after that she got it in her head to go to my house," Luna added.

 But, they never made it. Sylvia drove by the scene on the way to her mother's house.

"We went around and I'd seen my sister - she was, she was gone," Luna said.

"Maybe they started off arguing or she was running pretty fast and that little curve is not safe," Lupe added.

Lupe and Sylvia say a combination of drinking, speed and an argument may have caused the accident that killed their loved one. But for now, they are just trying to cope with the loss of the family cheerleader.

"She was real outgoing, you know. When somebody was down she was always there to pick them up," Luna added.

Family members tells us Lucia was the second youngest of five kids and she always kept them laughing. Again, an autopsy is expected Monday. Funeral services will be held sometime next week.

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