UPDATE: Man involved in fatal collision with tree is identified

EL PASO, Texas - (Nov. 2012 story)

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office identified the man that died Saturday morning in San Elizario after driving his vehicle into a tree.

The man was 20-year-old Jose Arturo Escarsega Martinez.

According to officials, around 4:50 a.m. deputies were sent to the 12900 block of Alarcon Road.

Officials found Martinez in a gray 1999 Chrysler. He showed no signs of life.

The initial investigation indicated Martinez was approaching a left curve and lost control, officials said.  Officials believe he over-corrected for the curve, and pulled into the center roadway. Then, he over-corrected again and collided with a tree,  the sheriff's office said.

It appears the Chrysler passed a blue truck at a high rate of speed before losing control, officials said.

Special traffic investigators were called to the scene. Martinez was wearing a seat belt.

The sheriff's office also said speed and alcohol have not been ruled out as causes.

(Nov. 2012 story)

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