Police: Monte Vista man killed trying to stop woman from driving drunk

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MONTE VISTA, Colo. — Often times friends get the chance to thank the friend or significant other who stopped them from driving drunk. According to police, an intoxicated Monte Vista woman killed a man who was trying to prevent her from getting behind the wheel.

Monte Vista Police arrested 21-year-old Autumn Martinez on Sunday for vehicular homicide after she reportedly slammed into a tree while 25-year-old Kendrick Marquez was on the hood of her vehicle.

Marquez, who later died from his injuries, was trying to stop Martinez from driving drunk, police said.

Officers responded to the scene of the crash just before 10:30 p.m., Monte Vista Police spokesperson James Grayson said. The incident escalated, officers said, when Marquez jumped on the hood of Martinez’s vehicle trying to prevent her from leaving the area.

Martinez drove off with Marquez still on the hood, according to police, and struck a tree near the intersection of 8th and Monroe streets in Monte Vista, a rural town of just under 4,500 in southwest Colorado.

Marquez was rushed via ambulance to the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center in Alamosa, which is just over 16 miles from the scene of the crash, but he died of his injuries a short time later, police indicated.

Martinez was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and driving with a suspended driver’s license, police said.