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Valley mother seeks justice after son injured in crash

3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago Friday, September 24 2021 Sep 24, 2021 September 24, 2021 9:39 PM September 24, 2021 in News - Local

A Valley mother is looking for answers after a police chase resulted in a collision that left her son in an induced coma.

According to the Mission Police Department, officers were chasing a suspect Tuesday just before 5 a.m. when the truck they were chasing collided with a vehicle being driven by Enrique Rodriguez, 19. 

Rodriguez’s family said their son was driving home from work when he was hit.

"All these things come into my mind, ‘Is my child okay, is he alive, was he the person responsible for this, was he alone,’" said Rodriguez’s mother, Citlalli Rodriguez. “And it was just quite shocking to see the condition that [Enrique’s] vehicle was in."

The suspect, later identified as Samuel Martinez, 21, fled to Mexico, police said. 

The Mission Police Department has active warrants for Martinez's arrest for the following charges:

  • Aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, a second-degree felony
  • Evading in a motor vehicle, a third-degree felony
  • Accident involving injury, a state jail felony
  • Evading on foot, a Class A misdemeanor

Martinez has black hair, brown eyes, weighs about 180 pounds and is about 5'9".

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Samuel Martinez is asked to call Mission police at 956-519-8477. 

A GofundMe has been set up to help Rodriguez's family with the hospital expenses. 

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