Georgetown man faces vehicular homicide following crash

December 23, 2013

A 21-year-old Georgetown man was charged with vehicular homicide after police say he crashed Dec. 22 killing his passenger while trying to run his ex-girlfriend off the road.

Victor Hugo-Martinez was driving a 1997 Honda Civic eastbound on Route 9 following his ex-girlfriend, 19, and her 19-year-old friend at 2:30 a.m., said Sgt. Paul Shavack of the Delaware State Police.

Shavack said Hugo-Martinez had seen his ex-girlfriend at a dance in Salisbury with another man; Hugo-Martinez followed them back to the Georgetown area where he began driving close behind his ex-girlfriend's 2001 Volkswagen Beetle in a reckless manner.

Hugo-Martinez passed her twice on Route 9 and then slammed on his brakes causing the ex-girlfriend to swerve and brake to avoid hitting him, Shavack said.

She turned left on Asbury Road to avoid Hugo-Martinez, but he sped up and struck the rear of the Volkswagen, Shavack said. The Volkswagen spun clockwise off the roadway striking several trees. The Honda spun counterclockwise and drove into a utility pole with such force the Honda was nearly split into two pieces, Shavack said.

Jesus A. Diaz, 19, of Georgetown was a front seat passenger in Hugo-Martinez's car. He was not properly restrained and suffered multiple traumatic injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A 19-year-old passenger in Hugo-Martinez's rear seat also was not properly restrained; he was taken to Nanticoke Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries.

The ex-girlfriend was properly restrained and taken to Nanticoke Hospital where she was treated for injuries and released. Her passenger, a 21-year-old man from Georgetown, also was properly restrained, and he was treated and released from Nanticoke Hospital.

Route 9 was closed for about four hours while the crash was investigated.

Hugo-Martinez was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, three counts first-degree reckless endangering, three counts second-degree vehicular assault, driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving.

He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $16,500 cash bond.

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