Man Arrested for 2 Counts of Intoxication Manslaughter after Fatal Car Crash

Two multi-ethnic police officers standing in front of patrol cars, behind police tape, wearing bulletproof vests and duty belts. The policewoman is a mature African-American woman in her 40s. Her partner is a mid adult man in his 30s. It is nighttime and the emergency lights on top of the vehicles are flashing. The focus is on the cordon tape in the foreground.

Authorities investigated a fatal crash in Reeves County, Texas, that resulted in death of two passengers of the victim’s vehicle.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Troopers investigated a four-vehicle collision that led to fatal crash in Reeves County, Texas on Saturday, November 19, 2022.

The investigation determined that the suspect, 30-year-old Juan Orta-Gonzalez from McAllen, Texas, was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of IH-20 near mile marker 19 on the wrong side of the road.

In the meantime, 19-year-old Joseph Orr of Denton, Texas, was traveling westbound on IH-20 and was struck by Orta-Gonzalez. As a result of the collision, Orr’s car was left disabled in the center of the westbound lanes.

A third driver did not see Orr’s car in the roadway and struck his vehicle. Orr was then struck by a fourth vehicle, which resulted in death of both passengers in Orr’s vehicle. Both passengers in Orr’s vehicle were pronounced deceased on the scene.

Orta-Gonzalez was allegedly intoxicated and was arrested for two counts of Intoxication Manslaughter.

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