Augusta teen killed in car wreck

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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