Alcohol May Have Been a Factor in a Weekend Fatal Crash 12/17/13
CBS 7 News
December 17, 2013
ODESSA-Today we've learned that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash that happened on Loop 338 and 8th Street, Saturday evening.
Originally DPS Troopers had reported that an elderly couple, Ruben Hinojos, 62, and Paula Sanchez, 71, were traveling in a white pickup truck, and ran a red light, causing 52-year-old, Carroll Carpenter to crash into them.
But after three days of investigating, Troopers are looking into evidence left behind such as skid-marks on the pavement, and testimonies from witnesses on the scene, and are unable to determine who is to blame.
DPS Officials say that the other driver involved, may have been under the influence of alcohol, but are still investigating the crash.
If that were true, Carpenter could face charges of Intoxication Manslaughter.
Now family members of the elderly couple that passed away, are asking for justice.
Ruben Hinojos and Paula Sanchez's 8-kids, and family members, gathered this morning at the house where they all grew up in, standing in disbelief that their parents are gone.
"We lost our family, our backbone," cried crystal sparks, the youngest daughter of the couple.
Crystal Sparks, the youngest of the 8-kids says her dad, who was driving the truck, had never been involved in an accident before, and always preached to them to drive with caution.
Now all this family has left are pictures to remember their loved ones.
"It's too hard to believe. I wake up in the morning, and I want to call mom, but I can't call her," said sparks in tears.
The family says they've been hearing too many conflicting stories as to who is to blame, and just want justice, and peace of mind, not only for themselves, but for their parents.
"If there's witnesses out there that's seen what happened, come forward, and let us know," said Raymond Sanchez, one of the sons of the couple.
The family of Hinojo and Sanchez, says they will not rest until they get to the bottom of what happened.
Stay with CBS 7 and CBS7.com, as more details become.