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Teenager Driving Car In Which Ray High School Seniors Were Killed Arrested

UPDATE (9:15 a.m. Monday): Hector Martinez has not surrendered to police. He was taken into custody and arrested.


The man driving the car that overturned near Whataburger Field, killing two people, turned himself in to Corpus Christi Police Department officers on Thursday.

Hector Martinez was driving the white Chevrolet Camaro that was allegedly involved in a May 31 street race in which two Ray High School seniors were killed.

The affidavit issued for the 18-year-old’s arrest says he and three others – Matthew Garcia, Marcello Saldua and an unnamed passenger – were in his car after Ray High School’s graduation rehearsal ceremony at the ‘American Bank Center.

Police believe Martinez met the driver of an 18-year-old blue Ford Mustang near Heritage Park and agreed to run. Although the name of the driver of the Mustang was provided, KRIS 6 News decided not to name him since he is not currently facing any charges. Two anonymous passengers were also in his car.

The affidavit says the drivers started heading west on E. Port Avenue. One of the passengers in one of the cars told officers that the cars had passed train tracks and started to run.

The Mustang driver reportedly honked three times, which can be heard on surveillance video from a nearby business, along with the revving of the engines.

The passenger then said the road curved and Martinez lost control of his Camaro. Police say he crashed into a fence, traffic sign and utility pole and flipped over multiple times, causing the car to land on his roof.

Saldua and Garcia were killed.

Martinez faces a charge of highway racing causing grievous bodily injury or death.