“The passenger was secured, but the crushing injuries were so severe, on that side of the car, that there was no way the seatbelt would have saved her life.” – Officer James Burdett as published by KRIS-TV
According to KRIS-TV, police have determined that 28-year-old Martin Gomez was traveling in the wrong direction along Highway 44 when he crashed head-on into a minivan.
The auto accident resulted in the death of Tammy Alvarado, 42, who was a passenger in the minivan – she was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the minivan, 36-year-old Randolph Irwin, sustained serious facial injuries and was rushed to the hospital where he remains in critical condition.
Gomez has also been hospitalized and is listed in serious condition. Though the accident is still under investigation, authorities claim Gomez is responsible for the accident.
Gomez will likely face charges for the fatal accident.