Family mourns man, Osbaldo Martinez, killed in crash at Phoenix intersection; driver charged

Posted at 12:19 PM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-12 09:26:37-04

A suspect is facing assault and manslaughter charges after a deadly accident in Phoenix last week.

Court records show that Victor Cepeda's truck was traveling over 100 miles per hour just before the August 4 crash near 51st Avenue and Osborn Road.

Police report that the 19-year-old's white 2016 Dodge Ram truck collided with a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta that was making a left turn off of 51st Avenue. 

Phoenix police say the man who was in the Jetta was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene, while Cepeda and his passenger, a 15-year-old girl, were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police report that data from the Airbag Control Module recorded the truck was traveling 101 miles per hour just 1.2 seconds before the crash and 82 MPH at impact.

Cepeda has been charged with aggravated assault and manslaughter. Cepeda's bail was set at $1,000, which has since been posted and Cepeda was released from custody until his next court date.

Family members identified the man who died as Osbaldo Martinez. They gathered in prayer Thursday night, looking for guidance and healing as they deal with the pain of sudden loss. His wife says they're heartbroken over the loss, and furious Cepeda is already out of jail.

"It's not fair he gets to go home and have warm food ready for him," Isabel Martinez said through tears.

She says she was making dinner waiting for Martinez to come home from work when police showed up at the door instead. She later went to the crash site to see for herself and was in disbelief.  She's grateful she and Martinez said they loved each other and kissed goodbye, as they always did, before he left for work but she is heartbroken at knowing it was last time their 9-month-old daughter will see him.

"He was such a good father, he was, he played with her every day, fed her every day, read to her every day." said Martinez.

The family is fundraising to support his daughter and pay for funeral costs. An online donation account has been set up, and the family will be holding a car wash Sunday, August 14th at 51st Avenue and McDowell.