Family of San Benito Teen Killed Speaks Out

Nidya Martinez

Nidya Martinez is still in shock and disbelief. What was supposed to be just another routine jog around the neighborhood for her 17-year-old sister Emily Martinez, proved otherwise.

San Benito Police said the teen was jogging down Robertson Street around 7:30 Thursday night, when the driver of a pick-up struck her.

Still too young to completely understand, Emily's 10-year-old brother Pedro Puente describes how he felt when he found out his sister died.

I felt very, like, shocked and I hoped that she was still alive, Pedro said.

A 67-year-old man was behind the wheel. Police said that at this time he is not facing any charges and there were no evident signs of intoxication. Still, blood was drawn and has been sent to a lab for further testing.

If those to turn up positive for alcohol, the family wants the elderly man to pay for his actions.

"We just want justice, we want him to pay, Martinez said. She was a real good girl, she didn't deserve this."

Martinez admits her sister was wearing a black top and black shorts for her jog, she was likely listening to music when she was hit, and probably never saw or heard the truck coming towards her. She hopes other joggers will learn something from this tragedy.

"(I ask) them to watch the street and don't listen to music while they are walking," Martinez said.

Emily would've been a senior at San Benito High School in the upcoming school year and was involved in ROTC. Her dreams of attending UTPA to become a nurse - cut short.

However, with the end of her life, Emily leaves behind a piece of her to give others a second chance at life.

"My mom decided to donate her organs, Martinez said. She's going to save a lot of lives."

To help the family with funeral expenses call Nidya Martinez at 956-577-1443

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