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Mother and Sons Killed by Drunk Driver

A young mother and her two sons were killed in a head-on collision over the weekend about 42 miles southwest of Dallas.

R. Martinez, 53, was driving in the wrong direction on U.S. Highway 67 near Baker Lane and County Road 810 at around 1:26 a.m., when his truck struck a vehicle head-on carrying a woman and three children.

M. Abshire, 22, and her two sons C. Dominguez, 2, and C. Dominguez, 5, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to the police. A third child, a 13-year-old girl was flown to a hospital with injuries that the police don’t believe to be life threatening.

Martinez was arrested on three warrants for murder, and another for intoxication assault. According to records, nearly three hours after the crash, Martinez had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.240% - three times the legal limit.

This is not Martinez’ first drunk driving offense. The police said that he has previous convictions for driving while intoxicated in both Denton and Tarrant counties.

Alcohol-Related Accidents in Texas

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), about every 20 minutes in Texas, someone is injured or killed in an alcohol-related crash. In Texas, a driver is legally “intoxicated” once their blood alcohol concentration reaches .08%.

Alcohol-related crashes are a serious problem in Texas. In 2013, there were over 25,000 DWI crashes, and each year, about one-third of the state’s traffic-related fatalities are caused by drunk drivers.

If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a drunk driving crash in Plano, Dallas or Fort Worth, we urge you to contact a the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC for help. Our legal team has over 30 years of combined experience and we have successfully resolved thousands of cases over the years.

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Categories: Accident, DWI, Personal Injury