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Amarillo Teen Indicted On Charges From Fatal Accident On I-40

Amarillo Police Dept.

A Potter County Grand Jury indicted an Amarillo teenager, 19 year old Edwin Elias Ortiz, on a charge of accident involving personal injury or death stemming from a wreck in May that killed an Amarillo woman.

Amarillo Globe News reports:

Police said Edwin Elias Ortiz, 19, was racing in a blue Pontiac G6 on May 5 on West Interstate 40 when he hit a Chevrolet Suburban driven by Mearlene Hooker Scott, 77, running the Suburban off of the highway. The Suburban landed on the access road near the 1600 block of Bowie Street, police said. Paramedics took Scott to a local hospital where she died, police said.

The indictment alleges Ortiz knowingly left the scene of the accident without rendering aid or giving identifying information, records said.

At the time of the accident, Ortiz was 18 years old, and booked into the Potter County Detention Center on the third-degree felony charge and a second-degree felony charge of racing on highway causing serious bodily injury, police said. His bond was set at $150,000 for the two charges, jail officials said.

Street racing is a no-no kids!  Your car isn’t as fast as you think it is, and if it is a fast car, keep your racing to the track!  I have nephews and nieces that are on these streets, I’d hate to lose one of them due to the carelessness of someone who’s street racing!

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