A year after the car crash that killed 22-year-old Devon Martinez, the family is still upset the killer has not been punished.
The crash happened in Tingley Beach when a man named Joseph Perea intentionally crashed into Devon Martinez. The initial report stated Perea was kicked out of a party prior to the accident. It’s believed Perea was kicked 0ut of the party for trying to start a fight with the owner of the house. Before things got physical, he was asked to leave. This caused him to get more upset and he began to drive reckless on the road.
It just so happened that Martinez was walking across the street and he was the target of Perea’s rage. In the blink of an eye, Martinez’s life was snuffed out in the blink of an eye. Emergency personnel responded to the scene but were unable to save Martinez. He died from his wounds and police arrested Perea at the scene. He was arrested on charges of reckless driving and homicide with a vehicle. However, he was released on bond and was able to enjoy freedom. This proved to be a mistake because shortly after release, he was arrested again for assaulting his girlfriend.
Perea is now in prison awaiting sentencing. Since additional charges were added, it may take a while longer before his trial to begin. This has left a bitter taste in the mouth of the Martinez as they are still denied justice. It is believed the Martinez family will file a civil suit against Perea for his crimes. We will provide updates as they are released.
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