Two cousins from Texas on their way to Colorado to celebrate their birthdays with another cousin were struck and killed by a 16-year-old boy illegally driving a tractor trailer.
Forty-eight-year old Shun Jones, of Carrollton, Texas, and her 38-year-old cousin, Amanda Omolyamu, of Balch Springs, Texas, where on their way to Denver when a 2003 tractor trailer towing a loaded horse trailer hit them while they were changing a flat tire on their 2007 Pontiac Vibe around 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
One of the women died at the scene and the other died at a nearby hospital.
The 16-year-old driver of the tractor trailer, who was later identified as Tristan Martin, of Sulphur, Louisiana, continued to drive along I-70 before stopping about a mile away from the accident.
Thirty-seven year old Michel Martin, who was also in the vehicle with the teenager, later told police he was behind the wheel.
Shun’s eighteen-year-old son, Lamarcus Lockett, who was also in the vehicle was able to identify the teenager as the driver.
Michel Martin was charged with one count of false reporting and the junior Martin was charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving death and two misdemeanor counts of careless driving involving death.
Although Tristan Martin has a valid driver’s license in his home state the required age to drive a tractor trailer is 18. Colorado law says out-of-state drivers must comply with their age requirements for the state in which they live to drive a tractor trailer.