A Texas State Trooper lost his life after a high-speed chase resulted in an El Paso car crash.
In the early morning hours of March 24, 32-year-old Trooper Javier Arana Jr. was providing backup to an officer in pursuit of a suspect when his car was struck by a Ford Ranger pickup truck at Joe Battle Boulevard and Bob Hope Drive around 1:30 a.m.
The impact caused Arana's patrol car to catch fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The two occupants of the pickup were both injured in the accident. Driver Edguardo Antonio Flores, 18 years old, received treatment at Del Sol Medical Center, while 20-year-old passenger Josue Alejandro Guerrero was taken to University Medical Center. Their conditions are unknown.
The accident site is still under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety's State Crash Reconstruction Team. Police have said that charges are pending against Flores, although he was not the object of the car chase. They would not release details about the original suspect and did not know whether he had been caught.
Trooper Arana was a graduate of Irvin High School and a former U.S. Marine. He had been stationed in El Paso since graduating from the Texas Department of Public Safety Law Enforcement Academy in November 2010. He is survived by his wife, Cindy, and their three children.
The attorneys and staff at Vujasinovic & Beckcom will be keeping Javier Arana in our thoughts and prayers, and wish to extend our deep condolences to the Arana family during this difficult time.