03/24/2015 // 1-800 Car Wreck Fort Worth // (press release)
A Fort Worth man has been charged in connection with a fatal accident that resulted in the deaths of a mother and her two young children. Reports say the 53-year-old man had a blood alcohol level that was three times over the legal limit when he crashed into the family’s vehicle while going the wrong way in his Toyota pickup.
Source: AP Report “Fort Worth man charged in wreck that killed woman, 2 sons”
“FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Police say a North Texas man’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit for driving in a wrong-way crash that killed a woman and her two sons… Alvarado (al-var-AY’-doh) police say 53-year-old Ricardo Martinez of Fort Worth was hurt in the weekend accident and remained hospitalized Tuesday.”
To read more visit http://baytownsun.com/texas_ap/article_aaef1f90-d828-5d75-91ef-8a29a9565c7f.html.
The man is now facing murder charges on three counts for the deaths of the 22-year-old woman and her sons, who were ages 2 and 5. Police also obtained an arrest warrant for an intoxication assault charge for the injury of a 13-year-old passenger who survived the accident.
Source: NBC DFW Report “Arrest Made in Crash That Killed Mother, 2 Boys: Police”
“Police said they obtained three arrest warrants for Martinez for the murders of 22-year-old Maranda Abshire and her sons 5-year-old Christopher Adrian Dominguez and 2-year-old Cruz Dominguez. A fourth warrant was obtained for intoxication assault of Abshire’s 13-year-old half-sister Lindsey Reynolds, who survived the crash but was hurt.”
To read more visit http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Arrest-Made-in-Crash-That-Killed-Mother–2-Boys-Police-295678141.html.
Abshire’s vehicle was reportedly hit as police were responding to previous calls made about a wrong way driver spotted on the road. Reports say that all of the passengers in the vehicle were properly restrained with the use of car seats or seat belts.
According to Fort Worth car wreck attorney Kris Heald of the law firm of 1800 Car Wreck Fort Worth Witherite Law Group, who does not represent any of the accident victims, drunk driving accident deaths comprise a significant percentage of traffic accident fatalities reported in the state of Texas annually. Says the attorney, “Sadly in Texas more than 1,000 people die and thousands more are injured in drunk driving accidents each year.” In fact, according to statistics presented by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) in 2013 Texas led the nation in the number of drunk driving accident related deaths.
For the same year there were also over a reported 99,000 DUI arrests and 70,000 related convictions in the state. Groups like MADD have long campaigned for legislative action to help reduce these numbers. The organization has begun advocating for ignition interlocks for all drivers who have had prior convictions for drunk driving in the effort to also reduce the high number of related injuries and deaths. Says Attorney Kris Heald, “in many fatal alcohol related accidents, those who choose to drink and drive and are deemed at fault for these crashes are repeat offenders who typically have a history of DUI arrests.”
This was the case in the recent Fort Worth accident that killed Abshire. The driver charged, Martinez, reportedly has two past convictions for driving while intoxicated in different counties.
Police say that alcohol containers were found in Martinez’s vehicle. At the time of the NBC DFW report, Martinez remained hospitalized for injuries he sustained in the accident. He was set to be transferred to jail directly after being discharged from the hospital.
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