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Congrats to the Good Samaritans

Congrats to the Good Samaritans

In today’s world where so many things seem to be falling apart, it’s nice to point out that there are still some very good and decent people in the world. Call them Good Samaritans. Last week, Alamo resident Last week, Alamo resident Miguel Lopez was charged with losing control of his SUV Saturday, Feb. 1, while driving drunk and hitting a vehicle driven by 34-year-old San Juan resident Marlena Cantu, killing her in the process (vehicular manslaughter). The fatality happened close to midnight, Feb. 2. I haven’t yet had time to research his background to see if he’s been charged before with DWI. Lopez remains jailed on a $250,000 bond. According to the criminal complaint, the fatal crash happened near Minnesota Road and was investigated by DPS. “Upon arrival, witnesses at (the) location told me a male tried to run away from the scene but was being held down by multiple good Samaritans behind a house nearby,” read the DPS complaint. The trooper investigating the fatality also wrote in his report that he had to get Lopez away from the scene because the victim’s family had arrived and wanted to get their hands on him. I would, too, since the victim’s mom was also injured in the collision, having to stand by the side of the road, watching her daughter fall in and out of consciousness, while listening to her shallow breathing, probably knowing by then that her daughter had little chance of surviving the crash. Allegedly a belligerent drunk, according to the DPS complaint, Lopez showed no remorse after the Good Samaritans had handed him off to the trooper, taking off his shirt and wanting to fight both DPS and the victim’s family members. The victim, Marlena Cantu, was later pronounced dead at McAllen Medical Center at 12:52 a.m. Feb. 2. My condolences to her family and friends; and congrats to the Good Samaritans who stopped Lopez as he reportedly tried to flee the scene of the accident. ...

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