On Sunday, September 17, 2023, at 11:49 P.M., officers from the El Paso Police Department rushed to the scene of a severe single-vehicle crash on Interstate 10. The driver, identified as 24-year-old Ruben Garfio from Chaparral, New Mexico, was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Special Traffic Investigations Unit was called in to assist with the inquiry. Preliminary findings from their investigation indicate that Mr. Garfio was traveling eastbound on I-10 at a high rate of speed when he veered off the roadway and collided with a substantial cement pillar.
This devastating incident marks the 54th fatality on this roadway this year, compared to 51 at the same time last year. Investigators are awaiting further testing to determine whether alcohol played a role in the crash.