Fatal DWI crash case trial begins
POSTED: Monday, April 22, 2013 - 5:40pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 8:14am
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Testimony began today in the 384th District Court, in the trial of 34 year-old Hector Tellez, who is accused of hitting and killing two teenagers with his truck, while drunk.
Tellez is charged with intoxicated manslaughter, manslaughter, and aggravated assault. If convicted, he faces 2 to 20 years in prison on each charge.
According to prosecutors, Tellez killed two 16 year-old teens, Aaron Carrillo and Jonathan Cervoni in July of 2011. Police say Carrillo and Cervoni had stopped on the side of the road to help a friend change a tire, when an allegedly drunk Tellez hit them on Loop 375.
"Neither of them deserved to lose their life. Not that anyone deserves to lose their life but they were, they were going somewhere," said Katherine Gilliam, a close friend of Cervoni, who was in court today.
She says her friend was kind and generous, and well-liked in school.
"He carried my purse around for a week when my lung collapsed. we would go to lunch together and he would carry it and the baseball guys would see him and make fun of him and he didn't care."
Cervoni and Carrillo were members of a Christian rock band. Cervoni was a student at Eastwood High School and Carrillo was a student at Montwood High School.
On the night of the accident, both teens were on their way home from a church concert. After their deaths, loved ones of the two bandmates organized several benefit concerts to help their families.
Gilliam says the two boys were avid music fans but above all, they were dedicated to their family, friends, and faith.
Jonathan Cervoni's mother and Aaron Carrillo's father both took the stand today and identified their children in photographs shown by the prosecution. Both parents, and several members in the audience fought back tears as they identified the two boys.
Testimony in this case will resume tomorrow.