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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Trial rescheduled for suspect in hit-and-run that injured 6-year-old

  • A trial for Dodge City man accused of hitting a 6-year-old girl with his pick-up truck in July 2012 was continued Monday in Ford County District Court.
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  • A trial for Dodge City man accused of hitting a 6-year-old girl with his pick-up truck in July 2012 was continued Monday in Ford County District Court.
    Greg Martinez, 53, is charged with reckless driving, leaving the scene of an injury accident, aggravated battery, and driving left of center.
    The charges stem from a July 18 incident during which Martinez allegedly hit 6-year-old Brisa Bustos with his truck in front of her home on Sunnyside Avenue. Bustos suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and was treated at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. from August until the end of October. Assistant Ford County Attorney Kevin Salzman is prosecuting the case and said he did not feel comfortable discussing in-depth the reasons the parties agreed to a continuance since the case is ongoing.
    The 12-person jury trial has been rescheduled for Oct. 21, 22, and 23, according to Salzman
    Martinez has also been charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. According to Cpl. Thad Brown of the Dodge City Police Department who testified at a November hearing on the charges, Martinez's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) following the accident was 0.22. The legal limit for the state of Kansas is 0.08.
    According to Ford County Court records, Martinez's arrest involving Bustos was not the first time Martinez had been cited for a DUI. Records showed that the 53-year-old Dodge City resident was cited twice in 2005. The charges were listed as his third and fourth convictions. Information on his first two DUI citations was not available but, last year, former Ford County Attorney Terry Malone told the Globe his history of DUI citations dates back to the end of the 1990s.
    If convicted on all of the charges, Martinez could face maximum penalties of more than $300,000 in fines and up to 14 years in jail.
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