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9/14/07-Tyler

Two Crosses To Be Placed At Tyler Intersection For Crash Victims

"A day at a time, that's all we can do," said Corinna Ruiz.

She can say that with a smile, but inside the pain from losing Martha and her unborn son Guillermo is a daily struggle. Corinna said she crosses the intersection where Martha was killed everyday.

"We are members all of the Catholic church there. And I work down the block and I have to pass there everyday," said Ruiz.

Front Street and Broadway was where Martha and her son were killed.  The suspected drunk driver, a juvenile, slammed into her black mustang.

Also in the car with Martha was her 6-year-old daughter, Bianca, who survived the crash, but is still healing emotionally.

"It's just hard for her. She doesn't like talking about her mom," Martha's niece Diana Deluna said.

"That's how we know it's difficult for her because she did spend all her time with her mom," Ruiz said.

This Saturday two crosses will be erected at the same intersection in the victims' honor. A symbol the family has requested with the help of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

"We hope that when community members sees those crosses they can take into account the travesty of these crimes. It's not just a crash but it's a crime often times," said Roxanne Compton with M.A.D.D. of East Texas Victim Services.

The trial has not begun yet. While the family seeks justice, they also hope the crosses will remind other drivers of what can happen if they're impaired behind the wheel.

"Anytime anyone crosses that corner and sees those two crosses they are the meaning of two live that were lost there," said Ruiz.

Two lives remembered in spirit and by a lasting memorial that, by Saturday, everyone will be able to see.

The cross placement ceremony for Martha Mondragon and her unborn son, Guillermo Ortiz, will take place at the northeast corner of Front Street and Broadway.

It starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 15.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

 

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