Cruising, drinking led to Arlington girl's death

A night of cruising and drinking ended early Sunday with the death of a 14-year-old Arlington girl in a wreck on Interstate 35W in Denton, police said.

Valeria Rodriguez was with her 14-year-old boyfriend, who had taken his family's Chevrolet TrailBlazer without permission, and another friend when the SUV crashed into a guardrail and rolled, police said.

The friend told police that the three teens had consumed five cans of Four Loko, an alcoholic energy drink, and a 12-pack of beer, Denton police Capt. Lenn Carter said.

Police are awaiting results of blood tests before pursuing charges, but the boyfriend could face a juvenile charge of intoxication manslaughter, Carter said. He was not identified because of his age.

Rodriguez and the boyfriend had taken turns driving the TrailBlazer around Arlington after attending a quinceañera, Carter said.

When they got bored, they decided to head north to Oklahoma, Carter said.

The SUV was on I-35W near the Bonnie Brae Street exit close to the fork to Interstate 35E in Denton when the boyfriend lost control. The vehicle crashed into a guardrail and rolled, ejecting Rodriguez, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner.

The time of death was listed as 3:35 a.m.

Rodriguez was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

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