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NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas — An alleged intoxicated wrong-way driver struck three vehicles on Interstate 820 on Thanksgiving Day — killing a teenager, a dog, and injuring another person.

At approximately 5:15 a.m., on Thursday, November 28, 2019, police say Noemi Martinez was driving a black Chevy Tahoe when she drove into oncoming traffic on eastbound Interstate 820 near Holiday Lane and struck two dark-colored SUVs and a light-colored sedan.

The driver of the sedan, identified as 17-year-old Benjamin Castaneda, was transported to an area hospital in critical condition. The next day, in an updated press notification, police say Castaneda died.

A dog in Castaneda's vehicle also died in the crash. Another driver was transported to an area hospital in stable condition and no major injuries were reported in the fourth involved vehicle.

Martinez was initially transported to an area hospital in stable condition, later released, and booked into the North Richland Hills Police Department. There, she has been charged with intoxication manslaughter, a second-degree felony.

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