Wrong-way Driver Indicted

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Wrong-way Driver Indicted

Published on October 23, 2013 by Larry Crippen

Late last week, Jeffrey Martinez from Beaumont was charged on two counts of intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle for allegedly causing an accident involving three vehicles on I-45 over a year ago.

DPS reports that Martinez was driving a Jeep the wrong way on the northbound side of I-45 near the Sam Houston Statue and Vistitor Center around one in the morning on April 3rd of last year when his vehicle hit a Chevy Cavalier head-on. The impact caused the Cavalier to go into a spin and crash into a Ford Focus behind it.

The driver of the Cavalier, Pedro Rameriz-Monsivais, and passenger Jorge Rodriguez-Sepeda died on impact. In the Cavalier, another passenger was injured as well as the driver of the Focus.

The charges on Martinez are second-degree felonies carrying penalities of two to 20 years in prison.

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