Fort Bliss soldier still jailed in death of pedestrian
By Erica Molina Johnson / El Paso Times
Article Launched: 06/16/2008 12:00:00 AM MDT
The four women who were struck by the driver of a pickup as they crossed Dyer Street early Saturday morning were identified by police Sunday.
Claudia Lopez, 28, died from her injuries at Beaumont Army Medical Center. She was a teacher and lived at the 12000 block of Saint Laurence Avenue in far East El Paso.
Her friends, who were recovering from their injuries Sunday, were identified as 26-year-old Erika James, of the 12000 block of Road House Drive, 28-year-old Licia Kim, of the 1900 block of Ratner Circle, and Lashanda Delaney, of the 10000 block of Bob Stone Drive. Delaney's age was not available.
The four had been friends for about 10 years, Kim's father, Hyun Kim, said.
They had gone to the Chit-Chat Lounge on Friday night, he said.
Police said the four were crossing east to west on Dyer Street shortly after 2 a.m. when they were struck by a 2001 Ford F-150.
Fort Bliss soldier Deron Kemp Rodriguez, 19, was charged with intoxicated manslaughter and two counts of intoxicated assault. Rodriguez on Sunday remained at the county jail on a $150,000 bond and two $50,000 bonds, according to jail records. Police originally had identified him as Rodriguez Kemp.
The women were not crossing in a crosswalk, but police said the area was well lighted.
Since December, there have been seven fatal accidents involving Fort Bliss soldiers.
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