Duo Indicted After Crash Kills Elderly Man and Paralyzes Toddler


SAN ANTONIO, TX -- A Bexar County grand jury has indicted two people in connection to a crash that killed an 80-year-old man and paralyzed a toddler.

According to law enforcement, 24-year-old Daniel Telles was driving approximately 90 mph down  Rigsby Avenue when he t-boned a vehicle. The subsequent investigation revealed Telles was racing at the time of the crash.

The impact caused the driver's side of the door on the second vehicle to collapse inward more than two feet. The driver of that vehicle died as a result of the crash. He was identified as 80-year-old Antonio Arismendez Martinez.

The passengers inside Telles' vehicle were identified as 20-year-old Selena Hernandez, her two-year-old daughter, Mariah Benavidez, and an unidentified adult.

As a result of the crash, Mariah suffered several spinal fractures that left her paralyzed on one side of her body. According to authorities, the toddler was not in a car seat at the time of the crash.

Witnesses at the scene told police that after Telles' vehicle burst into flames, none of the adults in the vehicle attempted to rescue the little girl. Mariah was pulled from the burning car by bystanders.

Both Telles and Hernandez have now been indicted for assault causing serious bodily injury by omission to a child. Telles was also indicted on one count of manslaughter.

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