Bond set for driver accused of crashing into apartment, killing teenager

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Jesus Cruz, Credit: Hidalgo County Jail Records

PHARR, Texas (KVEO) — A man accused of crashing into an apartment and killing a teenager was charged Tuesday.

Jesus Cruz, 22, was charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.

Pharr police responded to the call around 3:30 a.m.

Cruz was driving a black Chevy Equinox and crashed into an apartment near the intersection of Veterans Boulevard and West Third Street.

A preliminary investigation showed Cruz was under the influence of alcohol and speeding down North Veterans Boulevard.

PHOTO: Pharr PD

When Cruz crashed into the apartment, he hit two minors, a 16-year-old and a 12-year-old. Both were transported to a local hospital.

Police say the 12-year-old had non-life-threatening injuries. However, the 16-year-old died at the hospital.

“We are saddened by the loss of one of our residents who died because of another’s carelessness. There is no excuse for driving under the influence of alcohol. You add traveling at a high rate of speed and the danger to others increases immensely,” stated Police Chief Andy Harvey in the post.

The Cruz was charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault on Tuesday.

Cruz’s bond was set a total of $300,000.

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