The accident happened at the intersection of Stan Roberts and Gateway North in northeast El Paso around 9 a.m.
According to El Paso police spokesman Darell Petry, 34-year-old Imelda Diaz was the front passenger in a white prisoner transport van was killed after it was struck by a military ATV.
The driver, 38-year-old Ruth Esquivel, and six transports who were in the van were taken to a hospital for their injuries, Petry said.
Investigators don’t believe the 6 prisoners, Juvenito Castro, 24, Jose Rivera, 20, Miguel Rivera, 19, Guadalupe Mora, 29, Rafael Viejo, 24, Arnolfo Pantoja, 28, all Mexican nationals were wearing their seatbelts. El Paso County Sheriff’s officials said the van had just picked up the six inmates from the detention center and were headed to the Otero County Prison Facility. All of their injuries are considered non-life threatening.
The driver of the US Army MRAP was identified as 23-year-old Bradley Crawford. Petry said Crawford did stop at the stop sign at the intersection before entering the intersection. Fort Bliss officials said three soldiers, Matthew Sullivan, 20, Adrian Amaro, 25, Xavier Hill, 20, and Crawford were headed to Dona Ana Range which officials said is part of McGregor Range.
Diaz was taken to William Beaumont Army Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Her life partner in an exclusive interview with KFOX 14 said Diaz had found out she was pregnant last month. Family said Diaz had a contagious smile and that is what they’ll remember most about her.
“She was a very outgoing person. Beautiful person, very always happy,” said Diaz’ s brother-in-law Lorenzo Ramirez.
Investigators do not believe speed or alcohol are factors in this crash, but Diaz’s family does want Fort Bliss officials to change the way military vehicles travel on main roads.
“Put some orange flags stating military vehicles are gonna pass or they’re gonna start passing by, but if they don’t put any warnings out there than this is whats gonna be happening,” said Ramirez.
There are signs prior to the intersection that do state military vehicles are in the area.
At this time no charges have been filed.