Family seeks tougher sentence for repeated drunk driver
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:12:31 GMT —
Lorena Rendon, 16, lost her father Javier Rendon when she was just seven-years-old.
He was killed in a crash in 2007 caused by drunk driver Norma Cisneros Martinez.
She was sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years on probation, for intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.
"I want justice - I'm here to support my dad, my grandma and his wife, Lorena said. I want him to know that I'm here to support him and for her to know that my dad is not alone."
Now, Cisneros-Martinez is jailed again, awaiting charges for a new alleged drunk driving accident.
Harlingen police said she was driving drunk with her three grandchildren in the back seat, and plowed into a light pole.
For Paula Rendon, Javier's widow who was also in the car during the fatal crash, it's an insult to injury.
She hopes the judge will see that Cisneros-Martinez once again, has shown she's a dangerous driver.
"Being drunk again and to be driving with her three grandkids - We all come to the same conclusion, I mean, she needs to be - they need to do something to her."
Since Cisneros-Martinez violated the terms of her probation, state prosecutors are now asking probation be revoked and she go to jail.
Javier's family said she got-off easy the first time, for taking his life.
"I can really say she got away with murder," Paula Rendon said.
No one was killed in the latest crash, but Javier's mom, Juanita Vasquez, hopes this time around Cisneros-Martinez gets a tougher sentence, before another family is victimized.
He was a great son, father and husband, the emotional mother said. He didn't drink, didn't smoke, didn't do drugs - such a good son and I vividly remember him. I won TMt forget him no matter how many years go by.