Posted: Oct 25, 2013 5:33 PM
Updated: Oct 25, 2013 7:03 PM
ALICE - A deadly car crash turned one Alice family's life upside down. More than 9 months later they want to know why the person who caused the crash is still walking free. Tonight, Janine Reyes has their story as 6 Investigates.
"He should have paid more attention, because he took somebody very important away from us. It's not going to be the same no more, it's not," says widow Cristina Salinas.
In a split second, with one wrong turn Cristina's life forever changed. What started as a simple trip to make payments in Alice on January 15th ended in tragedy.
Her husband, Jesus Salinas, died instantly in this car crash. Her Chevy Tahoe was a mangled mess and she spent weeks in the hospital on a ventilator.
"She got 10 fractured ribs, she's got her collarbone fractured, she's got her right lung that's still messed up," recalls daughter Corina Saenz.
The driver who hit her, Bryan Garcia, was cited for not having a driver's license and insurance, plus he was speeding. But there are no other charges police are pursuing.
Cristina and her daughter just don't understand. "Their police report shows where he veered into our lane, and the death certificate also says that he veered into our lane. What more do they want for them to do something?" "It's a human. He took away a human's life and a big part of our life too."
Police say their case is closed, that they've thoroughly investigated and there is no criminal negligence.
Corina fears though that Garcia is a danger on the road. Just two weeks after the crash he posted a picture on Facebook of his new truck that reads, "She's back in daddy's arms again, what should I name her?"
Cristina's still suffering physically from the crash. She's disabled, lost her job and has no more insurance to pay for her medical expenses.
What hurts the most is the man who is now missing from her life. "He didn't just kill an animal on the road, he was a human being," says Cristina.
"He watched over her like if there were no tomorrow. He watched over all of us and now we're constantly watching her, she can't go to work, she can't be alone at home," says her daughter.
We did reach out to Bryan Garcia on Facebook. So far, there's no response.
We also checked in with other agencies to ask if there are other charges that could be pursued in a deadly car crash like this one.
Generally speaking, DPS officials told us involuntary manslaughter charges could be pursued in this type of case.
Investigators in Alice, though, say they've collaborated with the District Attorney's office in their decision not to charge Garcia.
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