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Austin Drunk Driver Sentenced to 5 Years

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to five years in prison in connection with a fatal drunk driving crash that left one woman dead.

About the Fatal Austin Crash

According to the American-Statesman, Christian Gonzalez-Martinez was traveling north on Springdale Road in Austin when he ran a red light and collided with a Honda that was turning left onto Springdale from Pecan Brook Drive.

The accident resulted in the death of Christina Lopez, 36, and significant injuries to her passenger. Martinez fled from the scene and was arrested in another car roughly three miles away from the accident – he failed a sobriety test.

Originally facing charges which included manslaughter, intoxication manslaughter, intoxication assault, failure to stop and render aid and aggravated assault, Martinez pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as part of a plead deal.

He was sentenced to five years for each offense and the sentences will be served concurrently.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

  • According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the numbers of fatalities linked to traffic crashes along Texas roadways rose by 10.82 percent in 2012 with 3,399 deaths recorded for the year.
  • Alcohol was determined to be a contributing factor in 1,099 of the deaths – 32.3 percent of the total number of people killed in motor vehicle collisions.
  • In addition to the fatalities, another 230,506 people were injured in traffic collisions with 87,087 people suffering serious injuries.
  • The Texas Department of Transportation determined that:
    • One person was killed in an auto accident every two hours and 35 minutes.
    • One person was injured in an auto accident every two minutes and 17 seconds.
    • One reportable crash occurred every 75 seconds.


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