Driver charged with intoxication manslaughter in East Lubbock crash

Driver charged with intoxication manslaughter in East Lubbock crash
Estella Ybarra Luna (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - One person is dead and the driver has been charged with intoxication manslaughter after a single-vehicle crash that occurred shortly after 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 in the 2600 block of East 50th Street.

A Dodge Caliber was traveling eastbound in the 2600 block of East 50th Street. After crossing the railroad tracks just to the east of Southeast Drive, the SUV lost control and began to veer to the south curb of the street, struck the curb and came to a stop off the roadway. At some point, the front right passenger door opened and the passenger was ejected.

The driver, 37-year-old Estella Ybarra Luna, was not injured. The passenger, 24-year-old Dava Delora Lynn Gore, was transported by EMS to University Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased.

The Major Crash investigation is ongoing.

Luna has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and was out on bond Thursday.

The police report describes Luna’s frantic call to 911, where she said her friend had “jumped out of the vehicle and was not breathing.”

Officers said there was probable cause that Luna was intoxicated and placed her under arrest.

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