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Southeast Kansas Teen Sentenced For 2016 Fatal Crash

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Trez Martinez Trez Martinez

On December 30th, 2016, 18-year-old Trez Martinez was involved in a fatal crash in Neosho County, KS. It happened around 3:00 p.m. on Highway 169 (Douglas Road) about seven miles south of Chanute. According to the Kansas State Highway Patrol, two vehicles were stopped in the northbound lane, the front vehicle was preparing to turn left (west) onto 130th Road. Authorities say Martinez drove into the back of the second vehicle, causing it to hit the first vehicle.

The first vehicle, driven by a 17-year-old, was pushed left across the center lane into the opposite shoulder facing north. He was taken to the hospital with possible injuries. The second vehicle was pushed off the right side into the ditch. It was occupied by 47-year-old Lee Heisz and his wife, 48-year-old Carol Heisz of Portage, WI. Lee died at the scene. Carol was paralyzed from the chest down due to injuries from the crash.

According to the crash report, Martinez, who was 17-years-old at the time, was under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs. The KHSP report stated that "no brake marks were present on the concrete prior to the collision."

On September 28th, 2017, authorities went to a home in Chanute to serve two arrest warrants. Trez Martinez was arrested and charged with involuntary  manslaughter while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm, and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. The marijuana charge stems from a search warrant executed while Martinez was out on bond. In January of 2018, a motion was accepted to put Martinez on trial as an adult due to the severity of the crime.

During a February 6th, 2018 plea hearing, Martinez pleaded no contest and Judge Daryl Ahlquist found him guilty. On March 28th, 2018, the judge heard emotional testimony during a sentencing hearing.  He ruled to make a decision after he considered that testimony.

Today, May 17th, 2018, Martinez was sentenced to 30 months in prison with credit for time already served.  He was furloughed and won't begin his sentence until later this month.

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