Gaetan Narcisse: Family grieving loss of man killed by drunk driver

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Port St. Lucie police say a drunk driver is responsible for killing a Port St. Lucie man Thursday night.

Police arrested 25-year-old Matthew Martinez, of Dothan, Alabama, on Friday.

He has been charged for manslaughter, and causing the accident that killed 21-year-old Gaetan Narcisse at the intersection of California Blvd. and Del Rio Blvd.

Police say Martinez had a BAC level that was twice the legal limit.

Gaetan's sister, Laura Narcisse, says Gaetan was on his way to work the night shift at Walmart around 10:30 Thursay night. Police say Martinez was speeding, ran through a stop sign and T-boned Gaetan as he was turning in the intersection. Gaetan was only half a mile from his home.

"He was like my best friend," Laura said.

Laura says Gaetan would have been receiving his bachelor's degree this year in criminal justice.

"I mean, I'm still in shock. I still can't believe it. Just thinking about him not coming back is what hurts," Laura said.

Nearby neighbor, Maria Ford, heard the accident and says it sounded like an explosion.

"There's not reason why you can't see the red blinking light," Ford said.

When Ford heard the crash, she says she ran outside and held Gaetan's hand until medics arrived and pronounced him dead.

"I'm thankful that I was there for their son… (Children) are supposed to be burying you, you're not supposed to be burying your children," Ford said.

Police say in the last year, there have been 7 other crashes in that intersection, mostly minor. Police say this is the only fatal crash in that intersection this year.

Laura wants other drivers to learn from her loss, hoping they will slow down and sober up before getting on the road.

"My goal is just to get justice for my brother, because at the end of the day, it wasn't his time to go."

Police say Martinez is still in the hospital, but will be booked in the St. Lucie County jail when he is released.


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