Texas Teen Killed in Car Crash

Texas Teen Killed in Car CrashA teenager from Lubbock, Texas, was killed and two others severely injured in a crash that took place on Sunday, August 14, NBC affiliate KCBD reports.

According to the news source, 19-year-old Samantha Martinez was killed at the scene after she was violently thrown from the back seat of the car during the accident. Police investigators stated that the Mitsubishi Eclipse was being driven by David Gonzales on loop 289 at about 2:30 a.m. when he swerved and allegedly slammed into the guardrail. After flipping several times down an embankment, it came to rest near North Quaker Road.

Gonzales was taken to a local hospital for serious injuries, while another passenger, 18-year-old Donielle Rios was also thrown from the car and suffered life-threatening injuries, and is currently in surgical intensive care, the news provider stated.

Neither Martinez nor Rios were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

News of the crash hit the community and church hard, as the young adults were actively involved in both.

“We’re just in disbelief because we can’t accept that this has happened,” said Mary Duenes, a church member and family friend. “They announced it to the church this morning and there was a lot of sadness. We’re very close to this family and they’re very active in our church. We loved them dearly. A big part of our family here today was missing.”

Martinez was an active military duty Reserve, and was an inspiration to many, Duenes said.

It is unknown what may have caused the driver to swerve and hit the rail.

Traffic fatalities in rural parts of Texas, such as Lubbock, accounted for 54.5 percent of the state’s traffic fatalities, with 1,685 reported deaths, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.