Santos Patina Killed; Emily Lopez Injured in Accident at State Hwy 71 in Travis County, TX

September 2, 2023
Victim's Name(s)
Santos Patina, Emily Lopez
Type of Accident
Car Accident
Alcohol/Drugs Suspected

Where it Happened

State Hwy 71, El Campo, Travis County, TX, USA

Additional Information

Investigating Officer or Authority
Texas Department of Public Safety
Vehicles Involved
Mercedes-Benz CL, Polaris Slingshot
State Hwy 71
Injuries Sustained

Fatal injuries (1), serious injuries (1)

Apparent/Alleged Cause of Accident

Mercedes-Benz CL and a Polaris Slingshot were involved in a collision

What Happened

Area authorities are investigating a crash that killed one person involved at State Hwy 71 in Travis County, TX on September 2nd, 2023. Police say the incident happened around 2:41 a.m. According to investigators, a Mercedes-Benz operated by a 30-year-old driver was allegedly traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Hwy 71 prior to colliding with a Polaris Slingshot headed eastbound. The collision ejected the driver of the Slingshot, identified as 40-year-old Santos Patina, from the vehicle. Officials say Patina suffered fatal injuries while a passenger, 38-year-old Emily Lopez, had serious injuries. The Mercedes operator had minor injuries, according to police. Sources indicate charges for Intoxication Manslaughter and Intoxication Assault were recommended and/or issued against the operator of the Mercedes.

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