Man charged in deadly, fiery crash near Gateway East, Giles Road not guilty
A jury handed down a not guilty verdict involving a man accused in a fiery car crash.
An El Paso jury decided Saul Quintana is not guilty of intoxicated manslaughter and other charges in connection with a fiery crash that happened in February 2017.
The verdict was read around 11 a.m.
The jury deliberated Tuesday and returned finding Quintana not guilty on all charges including intoxicated manslaughter.
“I was innocent,” Saul Quintana said after leaving the court room. “I wasn’t there.”
Court records indicated Quintana was indicted on a charge of intoxicated manslaughter after a fiery crash that killed 46-year-old Javier Ruvalacaba on Feb. 25.
Ruvalcaba was in a 2009 Dodge Ram on Gateway East. Quintana was accused of being the driver of the pickup truck that Ruvalcaba was riding in. Police said the pickup truck struck a 2008 Honda Accord.
It then struck a signal light pole and caught on fire, officials said.
Ruvalcaba was pulled out of the car by people who were in the area, but died at the scene of the wreck.
Family of Ruvalcaba believed Quintana fled the scene before police arrived.
Months later, Quintana was arrested for his involvement in the crash.
During the trial, prosecutors said Quintana was involved in the fiery crash after consuming alcohol and the crash killed Ruvalcaba.
They said Quintana left the scene of the accident without attempting to help Ruvalcaba.
Ruvalcaba’s family said they feel like the trial was rushed. They were told to expect it to last about a week. Instead, it was over in about a day and a half.
“I feel like the judge even rushed the jury because he rushed the whole case,” said Alexandria Ruvalcaba, the victim’s daughter. “We’re never going to get the closure we deserve.”