Family of 22-year-old killed in wrong-way crash on I-45 say she 'had a lot of plans'

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Over the weekend, 22-year-old Nely Martinez was killed by a wrong-way operator connected I-45, conscionable 1 week aft a study named the freeway the deadliest successful the U.S.

Osbaldo Sanchez, marked with cuts and gashes, was driving his pickup motortruck with his girlfriend, Nely, successful the rider seat.

The mates was coming location from a barroom and grill astir 1:45 a.m. connected Sunday morning. Around the aforesaid time, DPS said calls started flooding successful astir a wrong-way operator connected the northbound lanes of I-45 adjacent Rayford Road.

SEE ALSO: Innocent pistillate and wrong-way operator killed, 2 wounded successful I-45 crash

Minutes later, Sanchez's pickup motortruck was deed head-on by the reported driver. Nely was killed successful the crash.

"I retrieve holding her hand," said Sanchez, arsenic helium fought backmost tears. "We were laughing. She was ever happy. It didn't substance wherever she was."

Juan Martinez, Nely's father, said his girl had a agleam aboriginal up of her arsenic a hairstylist and was besides going to school.

"We tried to assistance out, but she ever told america she didn't request help. She had a batch of plans and present she's gone," Juan said.

Juan believes his daughter's decease could person been avoided.

"They didn't bash thing to halt it," said Juan, referring to DPS who got the calls of the driver.

The wrong-way operator was a 25-year-old pistillate and was besides killed successful the crash. There were 2 others successful the backseat of the pickup motortruck who stay successful captious condition.

A study released past week by Budget Direct, called I-45 moving from Galveston to Dallas, done Houston, the astir deadly roadworthy successful the U.S.

SEE ALSO: Houston agelong of road named deadliest successful the U.S. by caller report

The study said the freeway has seen 56.5 fatal accidents for each 100 miles of roadway.

It's a statistic that Juan ne'er imagined his girl would beryllium portion of. However, helium is conscionable thankful for the clip helium got to walk with her.

"She's the champion miss and was the champion girl to us," Juan said. "I privation to convey my God for giving maine the accidental to conscionable her. I mean I privation her for a agelong time, each my life. But I americium conscionable thankful for our time."

The Martinez household wanted to convey the assemblage for the outpouring of support.

A GoFundMe has been acceptable up to assistance Nely's household during this time.

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