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Port Lavaca woman, 20, accused of intoxication manslaughter

By Jessica Priest
April 2, 2014 at 7:01 p.m.
Updated April 1, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.

Katrina Yvette Baldera

A Port Lavaca woman was in the Calhoun County Jail on Wednesday accused of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle.

Department of Public Safety troopers arrested Katrina Yvette Baldera, 20. She was booked March 27, and her bond is set at $75,000.

Baldera was involved in a three-vehicle wreck that killed one of her passengers - 17-year-old Estevan Christian Marin - at 5:27 a.m. March 1, said Trooper Gerald Bryant on Wednesday.

Baldera was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Impala north on the state Highway 35 causeway with passengers Marin and Stephen Richard Laquay, 21, both of Port Lavaca.

Baldera failed to control her speed while traveling behind a 2002 Buick Park Avenue driven by James Henry Tucker, 33, of Victoria. She struck the Buick from behind, bouncing off and striking the northbound guard rail, Bryant said.

Baldera's vehicle then spun counter-clockwise, traveling into the southbound lanes of the highway, where it hit a third vehicle.

The third vehicle, a 2013 Ford F-150 driven by Phillip Martinez Garcia Jr., 24, of Bloomington, was traveling south on the highway. Garcia was taken to Citizens Medical Center.

Baldera, Laquay and Marin also were treated at Citizens. Tucker was not hurt, Bryant said.

Trooper Jesse Ray Chavana investigated the crash, and a blood sample was taken from Baldera, Bryant said.

Bryant declined to say what her blood-alcohol content was, and Calhoun County District Attorney Dan Heard has not received the case yet.

"I cannot comment on a pending case," Heard said.

A grand jury next convenes in Calhoun County on May 20, District Clerk Pamela Hartgrove said.

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