Man arrested after fatal crash near Laredo airport

An individual has been arrested in connection with the fatal crash that occurred near Laredo International Airport on Loop 20 on July 18.

Gustavo Leon-Pacheco was arrested Thursday by Laredo police. He received a warrant charging him with intoxicated manslaughter with an F/2 vehicle.

LPD said Thursday that “toxicology reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab indicated that Leon-Pacheco’s blood alcohol concentration was more than four times the legal limit at the time his blood was drawn at the Laredo Medical Center”.

Pacheco has been arrested in two other incidents in the past two years for domestic assault. On November 15, 2021, he faced a charge of assaulting family/a household member for obstructing breathing/circulation. He was also arrested on March 12, 2022 and faces two counts: assault causing bodily harm, domestic violence and continuing violence against the family.

Pacheco’s first and second arrests carried bails of $15,000 and $30,000, respectively, and he was released from jail each time on the day he was booked.

For the current arrest, Pacheco was being held on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Jose “Pepe” Salinas. Jail records show he was arrested on Thursday and released the same day.

Laredo police officers responded to a single-vehicle accident around 1:33 a.m. Monday in the 5200 block of Bob Bullock Loop near Laredo International Airport. First officers on the scene encountered a van that had crashed into a lamppost.

Crews from the Laredo Fire Department were called in. The driver, a 30-year-old man, was outside the vehicle. He was treated and transported to Laredo Medical Center in stable condition.

A second 31-year-old male passenger was trapped inside the vehicle unresponsive. He was also taken to the LMC but in critical condition. The passenger was later pronounced dead.

The Laredo Police Traffic Unit and Crimes Against Persons Investigators have taken over the investigation.

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