A 23-year-old former Texas A&M University-Kingsville student was sentenced to 10 years in prison last Monday, Oct. 26, after pleading guilty to charges on intoxication manslaughter in an accident that caused the death of fellow student Jaqueline Olivares, Jan. 18, 2014.
Juan Diego Selvera Martinez plead guilty to both counts, during an appearance before Judge Jack Pulcher’s 105th District in Kingsville.
A plea deal was reached between Martinez and prosecutors which resulted in the 10 year sentence.
“We were able to get justice, but we would rather use the opportunity to reinforce the idea not to ride or diver with a drunk driver and if possible, stop friends from driving drunk,” District Attorney John Hubert said.
Testimony showed that on Jan. 18, 2014, Martinez caused a crash which resulted in his own injury and killed Olivares. Martinez lost control of his truck while going 92 mph which caused him to drive into a drainage ditch on Seale Street behind Mesquite Village on campus.
Olivares was not wearing a seatbelt and she was ejected from the car and through the windshield. She was pronounced dead through the injuries she had sustained.
Martinez fled the scene after the crash, and headed to his apartment at Javelina Station where the police detained him and took him to the hospital. While at the hospital Martinez’s blood was tested for alcohol where it was discovered to be twice over the legal limit for anyone at .15.
The couple had left a local bar on the 100 block of University Blvd. before the fatal crash.
“The mother was grief-stricken for her daughter, and she forgave the defendant, but he still had to answers for causing the death of her daughter,” Hubert said.
After Martinez plead guilty, Mary Olivares the mother of Jaqueline, said she did not hate or have any negative feelings toward Martinez and considers him to be a good person, but he made a mistake that he would live with for the rest of his life.
At the trial, after some emotional words from Mary Olivares, Martinez was moved to tears, saying that Jaqueline would “always be in his heart.” He would go on to say that she would want the family to move on in their lives, and not dwell on the pain forever. After Martinez’s words, Mary Olivares would exit the courtroom where she could be heard crying loudly from the courtroom hallway.