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Teen driver charged with manslaughter following fatal Edinburg crash

Jose Manuel Rivera, 18, of Edinburg has been charged with manslaughter, a second-degree felony. (Source: Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office)

A teen driver accused of killing a motorcyclist in Edinburg last month has been charged with manslaughter.

Jose Manuel Rivera, 18, of Edinburg was arrested Wednesday after a state trooper conducted a nearly month-long investigation into the April 20 crash, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Crash data shows Rivera was driving a black Nissan Sentra at 107 mph just seconds prior to crashing into motorcyclist Jesse Alvarez Gazca on Farm-to-Market 1925, according to the affidavit.

Gazca died due to injuries sustained in the crash.

Medical records also indicated that "Rivera was positive for THC and benzodiazpines in his system during the time of the crash," according to the affidavit.

A judge set bond at $25,000.

Rivera remains in the Hidalgo County jail and couldn’t be reached for comment.

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