We're learning more about the case against 22-year-old Wilson Molinares. He's accused of last month's deadly, wrong-way crash that killed four people on I-35.
The mother of Molinares Martha Hernandez made her plea to the judge to reduce her son's bond. “We don't have the money yet. I am sure we can get it through friends and collecting money from the church, my school friends. I know I ask anybody to help me with this and we can get the money somehow,” she argued his injuries require medical care he is unable to receive in jail. Molinares appeared in court in a wheelchair with obvious injuries to his legs, eye, and wrist.
The Kyle Police Department said the 22-year-old was going the wrong way on I-35 in February and crashed into a minivan and a truck. Four people were killed, including a 16-month-old boy. A Kyle Police Officer was called to testify in Thursday’s hearing, many of the details gruesome, but for the first time in the case, he said Molinares was driving drunk. “We learned that at the time of the blood draw, which was approximately 30-45 minutes after the accident, his blood alcohol was at .207,” said Lt. Andre Marmolejo of the Kyle Police Department.
The Texas State Student whose mother said was in his last semester before graduating in computer science will likely be facing more serious charges. "Currently there are four charges pending of manslaughter, the evidence we presented in the case today suggests that intoxication manslaughter is going to be appropriate. If there are any additional charges that'll be up to the grand jury," said Wes Mau, Hays County District Attorney.
Molinares’ bond was originally set at $1 million, the judge agreed to lower it to $700,000. Mau said he was happy with that decision. “I think that the judge is just as concerned as we are about the safety of the community, and I think his decision took that into account,” he said.
The reduced bail includes stipulations such as surrendering a passport, and driver’s license, electronic monitoring, and not using alcohol or controlled substances.
According to the judge, Molinares was already under order by a court not to drink when this crash occurred.