A man police say drunkenly drove the wrong way and crashed head-on into a Burleson woman's car Sunday, killing her and her two young sons and wounding her teen half-sister, has been arrested on murder charges.
Ricardo Martinez, 53, of Fort Worth, had a blood alcohol content of .240, three times the legal limit, nearly three hours after the crash, Alvarado police said. He has two previous convictions for driving while intoxicated, one in Denton County and one in Tarrant County.
Police said they obtained three arrest warrants for Martinez for the murders of 22-year-old Maranda Abshire and her sons 5-year-old Christopher Adrian Dominguez and 2-year-old Cruz Dominguez. A fourth warrant was obtained for intoxication assault of Abshire's 13-year-old half-sister Lindsey Reynolds, who survived the crash but was hurt.
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Martinez is in the hospital and in Alvarado police custody. Once he's discharged, he will be transferred to Johnson County Jail, police say.
Wrong-Way Crash Kills Mother, Two Sons
Maranda Abshire was driving along U.S. Highway 67 in Alvarado at about 1:30 a.m. with her two sons and her 13-year-old half-sister when a Toyota pickup traveling the wrong way on the highway hit their Ford Mustang head-on.
Abshire and two sons were killed in the crash. Her family said Reynolds was treated at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth for injuries that were not life threatening.
Family members said Abshire worked at Chili's restaurant in Cleburne. She had just picked up her boys and her half-sister after work when the pickup truck slammed into their car.
Alvarado police had already been alerted that there was a wrong-way driver on the road and were responding to that call when Abshire's car was hit. Few details are available, but police say all four people in the Mustang were properly restrained with seat belts or car seats.
Alcohol containers were found in Martinez's truck, police say.