Blood results pending against driver who put baseball coach in the ICU
Tue, 06 Aug 2013 03:16:25 GMT —
Idania Carrizales said her common-law husband Martin Munoz nearly lost his life at the intersection of 25th Street and Fordyce Avenue in Donna.
"He has a broken neck, a fractured shoulder... his knee's bad and he's in a lot of pain," Carrizales said.
Munoz remains in the Intensive Care Unit following a two-vehicle accident Saturday around 6:45 a.m.
It happened after a female driver allegedly ran a stop sign.
The impact of the t-bone crash sent the youth league baseball coach's truck into a front yard where broken glass and spray paint still mark the scene.
Idania said officers detected signs of alcohol on the other driver, a driver who to this day hasn't been charged with a crime.
"I can't believe that this happened," Carrizales said. "I'm upset. That's the law isn't it?"
Because the driver in question has not been charged with a crime, Action 4 News won't release her identity.
But that very well could change if a mandatory blood sample proves she drove drunk.
Donna police required it after she appeared to play a game of cat and mouse.
Police Chief Ram De Leon said his officers arrived on the scene within minutes where they first came to the aid of the critically injured driver.
Their focus afterwards became the female driver.
"The staff asked her if she would be willing to provide a breath specimen," De Leon explained. "She indicated she would. But once there she decided she didn't want to cooperate any more. So we brought her back to book her in for DWI refusal. But then she goes, 'I'm injured.'"
Donna police had no choice but to hospitalize her and left her free pending the results of the blood test.
"Some says she should have been in jail that night," the chief said. "I agree with you. She should have been in jail. However, we have to err on the side of caution with injuries because I would hate for somebody to die in my jail and then they say you had the opportunity to take her to the hospital, why couldn't you have just left her at the hospital?"
Carrizales lives near the crash scene.
It's a daily reminder of justice that's yet to come, according to her.
The results of the blood work could take anywhere from a week to several months.
The police chief stresses if they come back above the legal limit, his department will seek an immediate arrest.