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Police: Man drove away from crash, ran red lights and caused second, more serious collision

EL PASO, Texas - The man who drove away from the scene of a minor collision in West El Paso went on to cause a second, more serious collision, police officials said.

Manuel Watkins, 23, is charged with "Intoxication Assault with a Vehicle Causing Serious Bodily Injury."

Police said Watkins, driving a 2007 Honda Accord, as involved in a minor collision at Resler and Mesa Thursday evening.

Watkins allegedly drove away without providing "the necessary information required," police said.

Watkins continued south on Mesa, allegedly running red lights at Mesa and Pitt and at Mesa and Champions, where he collided with a 2005 Toyota Corolla driven by 35-year-old Myriam Fernandez.

Police said Fernandez was driving north at the 100 block of Champions when Watkins collided with her vehicle.

Fernandez sustained serious injuries as a result of the collision and was rushed to University Medical Center, police said.

Watkins was transported to Las Palmas Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, then booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility on a $200,000 bond.

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