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Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide In Death Of Passenger

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - A Georgetown man faces vehicular homicide charges after alleged reckless driving lead to the death of his passenger Sunday morning. According to Delaware State Police it all started at a "dance party" in Salisbury, when Victor Hugo-Martinez, 21, saw his ex-girlfriend with another man. They say Hugo-Martinez left the party with two men at the same as time the female in an attempt to follow her back to Delaware.

During that drive, troopers say Hugo-Martinez was following close behind the female's Volkswagen Beatle in his Honda Civic. While both vehicles were traveling eastbound on County Seat Highway, authorities say the Civic passed the Volkswagen two separate time at a high rate of speed. In one instance, troopers say the female was forced to slam on her brakes and swerve in an attempt to avoid striking the Civic.

State Police responded to the scene of the crash around 2:30 AM. They say, in an attempt to reportedly flee Hugo-Martinez' reckless driving, the Volkswagen tried to make a left turn onto Asbury Road, but according to the report while doing so, the Civic made one last unsuccessful attempt at a high-speed pass striking the back Volkswagen in what authorities are calling a "violent impact." They say the Volkswagen spun out, then traveled off the roadway, hitting a number of trees. The Civic also reportedly spun out, traveling the opposite way off the road, hitting a utility pole on the passenger side nearly splitting the vehicle in two.
 
The Civic's front seat passenger, Jesus Diaz, 19 of Georgetown, was not wearing a seat belt and pronounced dead the scene. The unidentified backseat passenger, also 19,  was also not wearing a seat belt. He was taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, treated for minor injuries then released.

The 19-year-old female driver of the Volkswagen and her 21-year-old male passenger were both properly restrained. They too, were taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, treated and released.

Hugo-Martinez was not wearing his seat belt. He was also transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and treated for minor injuries. He was released to the custody of troopers and was slapped with some serious charges stemming from the fatal accident. Authorities say he was driving under the influence of alcohol. He now faces the following charges: first degree vehicular homicide, 3 counts of first degree reckless endangering, 3 counts of second degree vehicular assault, driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving he was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $16,500 cash bond.

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