By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ
The 21-year-old driver of a Ford Mustang involved in a two-vehicle collision that claimed the life of a San Benito CISD school bus driver has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in connection with the incident, San Benito police reported Saturday.
According to Detective Rogelio Banda Jr. of the San Benito Police Department, Felipe Sanchez Jr., 21, of San Benito faces said charge after his Mustang collided head-on with a black Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by 38-year-old Juan Luis Espinoza, the bus driver in question. The incident occurred early Friday morning off FM 732 near Angela Gerusa Leal Elementary School. Espinoza, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was reportedly on his way to transport the San Benito High School baseball team to a tournament.
“…An autopsy was ordered to determine the cause of death,” read a news release issued by Banda. “The vehicle collision is still under investigation, but alcohol and speed appear to be a contributing factor in the accident.”
Furthermore, the detective stated that Sanchez suffered a fractured left foot and was treated at a local hospital before being taken to the San Benito City Jail, where he was charged with intoxication manslaughter. Municipal Court Judge Benjamin Yudesis denied Sanchez bond. “[Sanchez] also had a motion to revoke warrant out of Cameron County for a deadly conduct which also required a ‘no bond,’” Banda further reported.
Sanchez is currently incarcerated at the Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center in Olmito.