May 16, 2014

Arrest made in death of Arlington girl who fell from SUV

Lorena Taylor, 18, of Arlington faces a charge of failing to stop and render aid, said a police spokeswoman, who added that alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the accident.

Arlington police have arrested the teenager who was driving an SUV last month when another teen fell out the window, was struck by the vehicle and later died.

Lorena Taylor, 18, of Arlington was arrested Wednesday and was released the same day on $750 bail. She faces a charge of failing to stop and render aid, said Tiara Ellis Richard, police spokeswoman.

According to earlier reports, 17-year-old Lelys Leyva-Monreal died April 19 at an Arlington hospital after falling out the window of the moving sports utility vehicle on South Cooper Street.

Officers learned that five people were in the SUV heading south on Cooper Street when Leyva-Monreal started hanging out of the open window. Officers believe that one of her friends tried to pull her back inside, but she fell and was hit.

The driver stopped the SUV and let the other three passengers out, got back in the vehicle and left, police said.

On Friday, Richard said the investigation has shown that “there is nothing to indicate that foul play is suspected in the fall.” But, Richard noted, “it is believed that alcohol played a factor in the deadly incident.”

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has begun an investigation into the source of alcohol purchases, Richard said.

Carolyn Beck, spokeswoman for the TABC in Austin, confirmed the agency was conducting a “source” investigation, which was still underway Friday.

“We’re looking for source of alcohol and we do that when there has been a serious injury or death,” Beck said. “We determine if an intoxicated person was sold alcohol, which is illegal, or if somebody provided alcohol to a minor, which is illegal.”

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