CEDAR PARK (KXAN) — A happy family seen together, is now torn apart. Cinthya Vasquez is left with two children to raise by herself after a crash this summer killed her husband, Jorge. It happened in the 200 block of Bell Blvd in Cedar Park.
Police say 47-year-old Kenneth Sobaski was high on meth when he slammed his truck into 28-year-old Jorge’s SUV. Court records show Sobaski has a lengthy criminal history, including burglary and two DWI convictions.That’s why prosecutors charged Sobaski with murder for Jorge’s death, instead of intoxication manslaughter.
“It was the prior drunk driving arrests and convictions that made this particular offense a felony, so he killed someone while committing a felony,” says Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix.
According to an arrest affidavit an off duty peace officer was behind Sobaski and saw him swerve over the center lane twice before he hit Jorge.
The collision also injured Cinthya and their 18-month-old son, leaving him with two broken legs.
“While we can’t bring Mr. Vazquez back, we can do what we can to help ensure that the defendant never has an opportunity to hurt anybody else here in our community,” said Mark Brunner, first assistant district attorney for Williamson County.
Cedar Park Police say Jorge will be in their thoughts as they step up patrols over the holiday season in search of drunk drivers.
Cinthya tells us she hopes it will prevent something similar from happening to another family.
“I still forgive this person, but I want to make sure he won’t do this to any other family,” says Cinthya in a phone interview with KXAN News.
Vazquez family photo from their last vacation in California. (Courtesy: Vazquez Family)