Augusta teen killed in car wreck

Saturday, March 14, 2009 4:12 PM
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An Augusta teen is dead after a car crash early today.

Victor Hugo Martinez, 17, of the 2500 block of Center West Parkway, died at 8:08 a.m. at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics after suffering injuries from the wreck, said Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen.

Mr. Martinez was riding in the back seat of a 2001 Ford Explorer around 4: 55 a.m. when the driver, Daniel Gonzalez, 23, of the 2500 block of Center West Parkway, lost control of the vehicle, hit a median and flipped about three times, Mr. Bowen said. Mr. Martinez, Mr. Gonzalez and the other passenger were not wearing seatbelts.

Mr. Gonzalez and the front seat passenger left the scene of the accident. Sheriff’s deputies later found Mr. Gonzalez and arrested him, said Cpl. Gary Jones. Authorities charged him with homicide by a vehicle in the first degree, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, open container of alcohol and other traffic violations.

An autopsy will be done on Mr. Martinez at the GBI Crime Lab in Augusta on Monday.

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FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 03/14/09 - 03:41 pm
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Oh noooo. Please, please

Oh noooo. Please, please young and old alike: Wear your seatbelts. Don't drink and drive. My heart goes out to their families, this is devastating for all involved, directly and indirectly. God rest his soul.

howdie
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howdie 03/14/09 - 05:04 pm
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to bad the State Patrol wasnt

to bad the State Patrol wasnt patrolling the area

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/14/09 - 05:04 pm
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Bulletproof teens out

Bulletproof teens out drinking and driving. Wrecking fast enough to flip an Explorer three times is some pretty fast median smacking. Two were apparently uninjured while one died. That's better odds than when all wear the seat belt of invulnerability. The truth be told, many teens have survived this scenario over the years. Many don't .

tdp
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tdp 03/14/09 - 06:07 pm
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So many lessons here.

So many lessons here. Teenagers shouldn't stay out all hours of the night, shouldn't be drinking, and should be wearing their seatbelts. Lots of lives ruined here for no good reason. What a shame.

H222
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H222 03/14/09 - 06:33 pm
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Just go get Vic Hawk, it

Just go get Vic Hawk, it don't matter if you killed a passenger driving drunk or not. He will just say the kid should not have got in the car!! No problem, he gets em off every month. Rest in Peace kid, and I hope the family can come to grips with this. There will be no justice in the court system, especially in Augusta

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/14/09 - 06:57 pm
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The Hawk brothers are

The Hawk brothers are successful lawyers for a reason. They're competent. So far, nobody's got off yet, in this case.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 03/14/09 - 08:46 pm
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Very sad, tragic and

Very sad, tragic and unnecessary. However, if you are old enough to make decisions, you are responsible for your own destiny. Don't simply place all of the blame on the driver although he certainly is legally at fault and deserves punishment. Most likely, he will be punished for the rest of his life for the death of his friend but either way, the victim knew what he was getting into and if he was out with a drunk driver at 4am, then he also should have made much better decisions. As for Vic Hawk, he is simply doing his job as are other attorneys because these days so many people try to simply displace the blame. It was the guns fault, they sold me the cigarettes, the bar gave him the beer, etc. -- Take personal responsibility for your actions and accept the consequences but above all stop trying to pass the buck, blame others or search for someone to sue. Again, a very tragic and unnecessary loss for the family and friends of this young man.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 03/14/09 - 10:59 pm
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Speak of responsibility and

Speak of responsibility and passing blame and in the same paragraph blame the victim??? HA!!! This young man was an underage child that lost his life, and though he shouldn't have gotten in the vehicle, in no way shape or form does it excuse the of age drunk driver who made the decision to drive drunk and endanger every single person on the road including your family members who may have been out there. So are you suggesting since he killed a friend and not a stranger and it will bother him more because he killed his friend that thats enough???? This drunk could have easily killed an innocent person who didnt have a choice... sounds like you need to listen to your own advice. Are you kidding, don't place all the blame on the drunk driver???? Had he hit an innocent car or pedestrian on the side walk he would have all the blame? The 100% underlying cause was HIS drunk driving!!!!!!! Unbelieveable!!! I get your point about making a choice not to ride with a drunk, but the rest of your post is ridiculous IMO!!!

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 03/15/09 - 12:52 am
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Where did this wreck occur?

Where did this wreck occur?

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 03/15/09 - 03:03 am
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TakeAstand, the respone was

TakeAstand, the respone was in regards to the comment about getting lawyers already and being ready to sue the driver. I see your point as well, however, their is a very big difference in a participant of their own free will riding in a vehicle with a drunk driver at 4am with open beers in the car, etc. and I'm sorry but I totally disagree with calling any 17 year old male a child in today's society. At 17, you know right from wrong, how to make decisions, and certainly know the dangers of drinking, etc. That in no way is to make light of the tragedy or those dealing with it now as it is very sad. However, again, what I was saying is that if you put yourself in that position, you (or your family) shouldn't even be allowed to sue the driver, etc. because you are just as much at fault. However, when you are merely driving down the road or out walking, etc. and something such as this happens, you are truly a victim and I agree, the driver is 100% at fault --again though, it is the adult driver that made that decision, not the person who bought the alcohol or served it, et. but people look to try and sue to get revenge which changes nothing. I don't disagree totally with ya.

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Torqumada286 03/15/09 - 07:00 am
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The wreck took place on

The wreck took place on Center West Parkway, right in front of Hunter's Run apartments. They were coming from Washington road to Bertram road, ran up on the slight hill there next to Savannah River college and rolled sideways down the hill and flipped over facing back towards Washington road.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 03/15/09 - 10:06 am
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As it is, I can definately

As it is, I can definately see your point as far as suing someone, like the passengers suing the driver, when they do have some responsibilitly themselves in that aspect. I'm sorry, I didn't read your post or the other posters comment as that. They read more to me as if you were discussing getting the driver off of his criminal charges and using hawk as his criminal defense attorney. These drunk drivers, the unscrupulous lawyers who get them off and the laws that don't punish them as they should really [filtered word] me off. Especially when it comes to repeat offenders. I hate seeing people who have money to get these fancy lawyers driving around not doing any jailtime for all thier dui's until they kill somesome. If drunk driving penalties were as they should be, maybe it would cut down on the amount of dui's. As it stands now a dui is only a matter of paying a fine, and even though they lose thier license it does not stop them from still driving and still drinking. Sorry for the confusion, I read something else out of the posts.

WW1949
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WW1949 03/15/09 - 12:39 pm
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AT 17 I knew exactly what I

AT 17 I knew exactly what I was doing.

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corgimom 03/15/09 - 02:18 pm
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The driver was 23, there IS

The driver was 23, there IS no excuse for what he did- drink and drive. "Mr. Gonzalez and the front seat passenger left the scene of the accident." They left that boy to die.

ILostIt
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ILostIt 03/15/09 - 04:07 pm
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He might have been dead when

He might have been dead when they left. If he could have used their help and might have survived with some basic life-saving techniques the two are as close to murderers as I can imagine without pulling the trigger on a weapon.

What kind of people walk away from an accident and leave someone behind? Seriously?

tiredofhearingit
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tiredofhearingit 03/15/09 - 08:22 pm
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Sounds to me the parents on

Sounds to me the parents on the 17 yr old CHILD should not only sue the driver but also the passenger that ran. The passenger that ran should also be charges for not helping the boy and leaving the seen. As for everyone on here talking about all the BS about what happened, how about having some respect for the parents and family that lost a CHILD over something stupid. For one thing, Mr. Victor probable didn't have a choice to ride with them or not because it was passed curfew. He lost his life instead of possibly going to jail over curfew. From experience, I have found out that the ones that are drunk are the ones that DON'T get hurt. It is time for Augusta to grow up if you are going to make comments about a death, think before you speak or type.

tdp
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tdp 03/15/09 - 09:09 pm
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Tiredofhearingit.....I don't

Tiredofhearingit.....I don't think anybody has disrespected the family here. Of course we realize they are living through a nightmare. I wouldn't wish losing a child on anyone. However, a 17 year old boy HAS NO BUSINESS being out at almost 5:00 in the morning. Not only is it illegal for him to be out, it is just plain unwise. It is very possible that his parents did not know he was doing this. Maybe he told them he was spending the night with a friend and then went out drinking all night. We'll never know. However, if they knew about his behavior and let him do it, they are just as responsible as the person who was driving.

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Batman 03/15/09 - 10:25 pm
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If you bring back public

If you bring back public hanging, alot of this crap will clear up quick!

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