Survivor, witness testify in crash trial

Along with emotional testimony from family, a witness to a March deadly wrong-way crash told a Johnson County courtroom he followed the man responsible for the wreck.

That repeat drunk driver, Ricardo Martinez, is on trial and charged with murdering a mother and two children in Alvarado.

Maranda Abshire, 22, and her two sons, 5-year-old Christopher and 2-year-old Cruz Dominguez, were.

Abshire's sister, Lindsey Reynolds, was 13 at the time of the crash and the only survivor. She was in the front passenger seat.

Abshire left work and picked up her sons and her sister, who were with their grandfather. 

They had just driven onto Hwy. 67 when the crash happened.

“We were listening to a song, ‘God send us an angel’” said Reynolds.

Without warning, there were bright lights and then the crash happened.

“We didn't get very far, and that’s when he hit us,” she said.

Raymond Garcia called 911 after he saw Martinez driving the wrong way on Hwy 67.

Prosecutors showed the jury surveillance video from three different businesses along the route before he crash.

Garcia testified that Martinez narrowly missed colliding with an SUV and an 18-wheeler seen in the videos.

Moments later, the video shows the bright lights from of a pickup heading the wrong way.

“There was debris, glass, metal,” said Garcia. “Both cars collided. The Mustang was demolished and then the cars separated."

Garcia's girlfriend, Rhonda Gabel, was following Garcia in another car. She saw the crash and also stopped to help.

She heard one voice coming from the Mustang.

“And she was yelling, ‘Help me! Help me! Get me out of here!’” said Gabel.

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