Underage woman charged with intoxication manslaughter

PROGRESO — An Alamo woman was released from custody Thursday after police say the car she was driving collided with another vehicle here, killing one and seriously injuring two more.

Ashley Espinosa Castro, 20, is charged with one count of intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony, and two counts of intoxication assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 1015 and Baker Road in Progreso after 5 p.m. Aug. 11, police records show.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Castro, along with two other passengers, were returning from a trip to Mexico and traveling northbound on FM 1015 in a red GMC pickup truck last Sunday.

Castro said she “disregarded” a red traffic signal at the intersection when she crashed into the second vehicle, a gray Chevy Malibu, which had been traveling westbound on Baker Road, the affidavit reads.

“She admitted to driving and she admitted to having alcohol in Mexico,” Progreso Municipal Judge Orlando Jimenez said via phone last Wednesday.

When police arrived on the scene, they found one young man, 18-year-old Fidencio Enrique Deleon, had been ejected from the Malibu and lay at the northeast corner of the intersection. He was unresponsive and later pronounced dead at McAllen Medical Hospital, the affidavit reads.

Two other people remained in the car, a male driver who was pinned inside, and a “female in the rear seat who was asking for help,” the affidavit reads. Both sustained serious injuries and were also transported to the hospital.

Castro and the two male passengers who had been traveling with her, were sitting on the sidewalk. She admitted to being the driver of the pickup truck, and to having spent the day in Nuevo Progreso drinking margaritas, the affidavit reads.

Police obtained a warrant to obtain a blood sample from Castro for a blood alcohol test, which showed Castro as being “over the legal limit of 0.08,” the affidavit reads.

Police were later able to corroborate the sequence of events through the aid of surveillance footage from a nearby business, the affidavit reads.

Castro was released from the Hidalgo County jail last Thursday on a $20,000 surety bond, jail records show.