Survivor: Suspect could have stopped

Bond denied in Humboldt Park crash
May 11, 2009 3:34:22 PM PDT
Joshua Enriquez, 25, is being held without bond on murder charges in connection to a fatal car crash.Enriquez is accused of purposely crashing his car into an automobile carrying four women, including his ex-girlfriend, Karina Paredes. Paredes and driver Maria Ortega, 21, survived the crash. The two other women-- Ortega's sister Gabriela 'Gaby' Almanza, 22, and Nicole Mijares, 19-- died in the car crash.

Police believe the crash is the result of a domestic issue between Enriquez and Paredes. Enriquez has been charged with murder and attempted murder in the May 3, 2009, crash. Ortega was driving the other car.

"The first time Joshua threw his Jeep into my car, that was just like the biggest shock. After that, no one reacted, just focused on driving faster and faster to try to get away from him. This was no accident. From the very first time he hit us to the second and third time. He could have actually stopped," said Maria Ortega, survivor.

The crash sent Ortega's car into a tree.

Enriquez maintains his innocence, according to his attorney.

Ortega, who is mourning her sister, said she is in a great deal of pain.

"I have 57 stitches in my face. A fractured foot and ? I'm going into surgery tomorrow," said Ortega.

The family's home is filled with flowers and a memorial for Almanza, who, according to her brother, Benji Rodriguez, wanted to be a doctor and had just received a scholarship to Roosevelt University.

"He's going to get what he deserves. Everything he done to my sister was senseless. It was pointless. And she passed for nothing. She lot her life for nothing. She was too young," said Benji Rodriguez, Mijares' brother.

Ortega still faces a number of surgeries. She has spoken with Paredes, who is too distraught to talk to reporters.


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