Victim's mother sees lesson in son's death

SAPD: Joshua Cavazos rode with a suspected drunken driver

Published On: Jul 15 2013 05:17:48 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 15 2013 06:17:28 PM CDT

Delia Cavazos wiped tears from her eyes as she held the graduation photo of her youngest son, 22-year-old Joshua, the passenger who was killed overnight Friday in a Toyota Corolla driven by 21-year-old Anthony Layton, who is now charged with intoxication manslaughter.

She said her son and Layton had been friends at Southwest High School.

“I feel for his family because they must be devastated,” Cavazos said.

However, Cavazos said she wants other young people to learn from her son’s death by not getting into a vehicle with a driver whose been drinking.

Cavazos said, “We always told him to be very careful. Avoid any trouble. Walk away from anything that seems bad.”

She said Joshua would tell her, “I will, mom. I will.”

Yet that night, San Antonio Police said Cavazos was not wearing a seat belt as Layton drove at an “excessive rate of speed,” losing control in the 10300 block of Broadway.

Officers at the scene said after sideswiping a utility pole, the vehicle tore through a fence before crashing into an above ground water main, releasing a cascade of water.

Cavazos said her son took the brunt of the fatal impact.

Layton remains in the Bexar County Jail under $50,000 bond.

Cavazos said Joshua had just passed the written test for his driver’s license, so on Monday, she was going to take him to the driving test.

She said instead, her family is making funeral arrangements.

Cavazos said, “You never know what’s going to happen next.”

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