'Oh my God:' Witness relives fatal DWI crash that killed his fiance

Elias Coronado testifies in intoxication manslaughter trial of Kaleb Fajardo


SAN ANTONIO – Elias Coronado could only look on in horror and disbelief as a speeding pickup truck crashed into the side of a minivan driven by his fiance, Sylvana Sandoval.

Coronado said that he and Sandoval were in separate cars as they left the parking lot of a club on Rector Street across from North Star the night of Feb. 26, 2016 when the crash happened.

"All I can say is, 'Oh my God, oh My God, oh my God,'" Coronado told jurors Wednesday, as he described his reaction to the crash. "I immediately got off the car to see how Sylvana was, and she was unconscious.


"I tried to talk to her and she wouldn't respond. I just told her that everything was going to be OK," Coronado said in day two of the trial of Kaleb Fajardo, who is accused of driving the pickup.

Fighting back tears, Coronado said that the couple was making plans for a future together.

"We had too many plans," he said. "Plans to get married and buy a house and plans for dancing -- what dance was going to be our first dance."

Two days after the crash, Sandoval died. Fajardo, who was 19 years old at the time, was charged with intoxication manslaughter. 

If he's convicted, Fajardo might face a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison.

Testimony will continue Thursday before State District Judge Laura Parker in Felony Impact Court.

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