Family of man killed in fiery crash speaks out; police searching for other passenger
EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) —
The family of a man who died in a fiery crash said he wasn’t alone that night.
The El Paso Police department confirmed it is looking for another person who may have been inside the truck involved in crash on the 1200 block of Giles near Gateway East in the lower valley.
According to traffic investigators, the man who died in that crash in late February was named Javier Ruvalcaba.
Police said the truck Ruvalcaba was in hit a car then a traffic pole and caught on fire.
According to the accident reporter, the driver of the truck died on the scene.
Investigators said that driver was Ruvalcaba.
But Ruvalcaba’s ex-wife Luiz Villena said that isn’t the case.
“We believe that he wasn’t alone that night,” Villena said.
Ruvalcaba’s daughter Alexandria also said he wasn’t driving, and that the truck wasn’t her father’s.
“There’s no reason why he would be driving somebody else’s truck,” Ruvalcaba said. “The truck that burned, that wasn’t his.”
Carlos Flores helped pull Ruvalcaba out of the truck after the crash, and told CBS4 when he found Ruvalcaba he was on pinned under the passenger side of the truck.
“It was a really hard impact, but I’m sure my dad wasn’t driving,” Ruvalcaba said. “That wasn’t his truck.”
Now, Ruvalcaba’s family just want answers.
“I don’t like the fact that my dad is being blamed for everything,” Ruvalcaba said. “So I want to clear his name.”
“We don’t know who he was with,” Villena said. “But I just feel that person needs to have a conscience and pay for what they did.”
When CBS4 spoke to Flores about pulling Ruvalcaba out of the truck, he said another man helped him, but then that man was nowhere to be found afterwards.