Police Arrest Man On $2m Bond For Escaping, Killing Passenger In I-35 Crash

A 27-year-old guy is being charged with killing a passenger in his car in a head-on crash early Sunday morning on Interstate 35 in southern Johnson County.

On Monday, Johnson County prosecutors charged Matthew Karabas, 27, with first-degree murder in the death of Eric Diaz, 22, of Melbourne, Florida, who was riding with him.

The criminal case describes a second set of possible charges. Karabas is accused of second-degree murder for killing Diaz and driving while drunk, which caused 29-year-old Samuel Garrido to get hurt. Garrido was operating the 2024 Freightliner semi-truck that Karabas collided with head-on.

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Eric’s car accident

Court records show that Karabas was trying to get away from police when the accident happened at 3:18 a.m. Karabas was driving southbound on I-35 near Edgerton Road when the accident happened.

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Karabas was hurt badly and was taken to a nearby hospital to get help. It wasn’t thought that Garrido’s injuries would be life-threatening.

Karabas was asked to be held on a $2 million bond by the prosecutors. He met with a judge for the first time through video chat on Monday afternoon.

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