Friends remember victims of east El Paso motorcycle crash
A motorcyclist who was involved in a serious crash Saturday night has died from his injuries.
Special Traffic Investigators said the man was injured when his 2006 Honda CBR motorcycle collided with a 2000 Ford F-150 at 9900 Montana Ave. at 7:17 p.m.
Investigators said a truck was turning left onto Killarney Street headed westbound and the motorcyclist crashed into the truck.
The El Paso Police Department has not identified the victim, but his closest friends identify the 25-year-old as Eddie Quintana.
"When I found out, I couldn't believe it,” said Quintana’s friend Rigo Campos. "It's just something -- you don't ever prepare for something like that."
Police said the motorcyclist was weaving in and out of traffic and speeding.
The driver of the pickup, according to investigators, failed to yield the right of way.
"I rushed straight over to the hospital and waited to see what was going on, and what his status was, and there were a couple of his family members that already knew, that were already there,” said Campos.
Several of Quintana’s friends that we spoke with all said the same thing: He was full of life.
Rafael Garces said he’s known Quintana for about 12 years. He said they bonded over basketball and have been friends ever since.
"He was so much fun,” he said. “He was one of the greatest."
He said they would ride their motorcycles together.
"I still remember the first time he got on a bike, the first time,” he said. “I was the first person he showed up to. We went riding all day long.”
Jovanni Lopez met Quintana while working at a local bar.
Lopez said he and Quintana clicked instantly.
"Always fun to be around, never in a bad mood, a big heart, very friendly, a very wonderful guy,” he said.
Sean Arellano told KFOX14 he and Quintana met about two years ago.
He said they became close friends quickly.
"Best person I ever met in my life,” said Arellano. “He's my brother and my best friend."
El Paso police said this crash remains under investigation.