More Charges Expected in Candice Schwager DWI Assault Case

Categories: Courts

Victor.jpg
Photo Courtesy Pete Martinez and Shannon Stenseth
Victor Martinez was gravely injured June 16.
An additional charge is expected in the intoxication assault case involving erratic blogger Candice Schwager, who police say drove her Mercedes SUV into a motorcycle June 16, injuring two people.

The motorcycle's passenger, Shannon Stenseth, was treated for fractured ribs and released, but the bike's driver, Victor Martinez, is still being treated for brain swelling and other injuries at Memorial Hermann, according to his brother, Pete.

Prosecutors are waiting on Martinez's status before filing an additional charge, Harris County District Attorney's spokeswoman Donna Hawkins told Hair Balls.

Surgeons removed "a piece of [Victor's] skull the size of your fist" in order to ease the swelling, Pete Martinez said. Victor was Lifeflighted to Memorial Hermann with a damaged liver, spleen and bowel, as well as a broken clavicle and shoulder, Martinez said, adding that doctors had put him into a medically induced coma earlier this week.

"He's in good hands, and the doctor tells me he's where he needs to be for the condition that he's in," Martinez said.

While traveling west on West NASA Parkway, Schwager's truck hit the motorcycle from behind, according to Webster police. Martinez said that Stenseth was thrown from the bike. (In addition to the fractured ribs, he said she had extensive bruising and road rash.)

According to Martinez, the accident occurred after his brother and Stenseth left Jackie's Brickhouse in Kemah around 4:45 p.m.; they were to meet with Martinez and attend a concert. Martinez said the couple had not been drinking, and there's nothing in the police reports to suggest otherwise.

We haven't been able to reach Schwager, and her husband Richard hung up on us when we tried to get some information. We'd hoped he could clear up a few things for us, such as why Schwager claims to be the campaign coordinator for Harris County Sheriff candidate Louis Guthrie, when Guthrie told Hair Balls that she's not.

Martinez said his family is planning a benefit to cover some of his brother's expenses, so we'll have information on that when the plans are set. (He said his brother, a subsea engineer, has medical insurance, but he expects the bills to be astronomical.)

"It takes a split second of somebody being stupid to change somebody's life -- and their loved ones' [lives] -- forever," Martinez said.

Stenseth shared her thoughts in an e-mail: "I just want people to know what damage this lady did to our lives....I want them to feel the pain I feel every day when I go in to see Victor." She added: "Within seconds, our lives were changed because of her, because of her carelessness. There is nothing that woman can say that can justify hitting us from behind...nothing!"

Martinez and Stenseth are also keeping updates on Victor's condition at www.victorshannon.blogspot.com.

Follow Houston Press on Facebook and on Twitter @HairBallsNews or @HoustonPress.

Location Info

Venue

Map

Harris County Criminal Courts

1201 Franklin St., Houston, TX

Category: General

My Voice Nation Help
21 comments
SomeoneSpecial
SomeoneSpecial

So her hearing is currently pushed out to 24 Oct.  I didn't bother registering with the Harris County courts website to see if there were any interesting images.

...just a mortal...
...just a mortal...

You would think someone could find it by now, I don't know if each PD or city/county sets their own rules on availability? 

...just a mortal...
...just a mortal...

T A C, Greetings to you as well.  This timeline went from the absurd to the tragic. Unfortunately, this is a very horrible way for her to have to finally face the reality that other peoples rights and freedoms are not open for her to trample and that she is not free to do as she pleases.  I just hope the system works like it should this time.

...just a mortal...
...just a mortal...

I agree that she is trying to up the cash flow.  Wow!! if you are the case I skimmed today, then I think she def. sees you as a big pay-day.  Tho, I do think it is kind of shady that she had to amend her complaint because she put the wrong name down for one of the people she is representing and had a fill in the blank for the defendants spouses name on the first filing! Really what is the excuse for having your own client's name wrong? Anyway, that first complaint to me looks very suspect with the lack of correct info. In other news today, court docs from about 2 weeks ago were made available today---She really does have a Lindsey Lohan life going on right now--conditions of her bail include monitoring, no alcohol, only prescribed medication/drugs and no driving at all. I wonder if she gets one of those ankle things?  1 doc states that she does not have a Drivers License currently (was she un-licensed at the time of the accident or have hey already taken her license away?) ,  Issues from prior docs: the issue of did she or did she not have insurance is still up in the air and has not made it to any court docs, and the Mercedes SUV was/is Owned by a "Luxury" Car Dealer according to one of the reports (buy here pay here kind of deal?).   For now, I think she will have to settle on bus fare.     

wow!!
wow!!

so i got "served" with a lawsuit by this lady she filed in court on June 29....how can she still be filing lawsuits for her "friends" to harrass people when she drove drunk and hurt someone...I am sorry for this family....This has to stop with people thinking they have power and can do whatever they want...

Redwolf
Redwolf

Where is the lawsuit filed?

Phillip Pessar
Phillip Pessar

I'm looking forward to seeing a mug shot of Candice. Perhaps this paper can obtain and publish one?

Diane and Buddy Reid
Diane and Buddy Reid

I hope this person pays for what she has done,We have known Shannon and Victor for a few years,This couple has the most amazing hearts in the Biker community,always riding for Charitys,and Causes.Shannon call me if you need anything at all.

Shannon
Shannon

Harry you are more than welcome to come visit..I'm here everyday.  

Shannon
Shannon

No more public updates on myself or Victor... I will give private updates only if know you.

Harry Turner
Harry Turner

Victor is my friend and my co-worker.  We have done two jobs together and I would look forward to working with him anytime.  I am a fellow biker and a rear end collision is something I worry about as there's not much defense.  I'm praying for a full recovery and I look forward to working with Victor again, real soon!

...just a mortal...
...just a mortal...

Never mind, must have been a hickup---the blog is back up.    was concerned a certain attorney was trying to pull something today... 

...just a mortal...
...just a mortal...

I was checking to see if there was an update today on Victor's progress at the link in the article and the victorshannon blog seems to be down?  Shannon, Pete or any of Victor/Shannon's friends have the 411 on that?  

Jonas
Jonas

Yawn, that was from May 26, way before the accident with the motorbike.

Phillip Pessar
Phillip Pessar

This woman is pure evil. I pray she spends time in jail.

Myphonehatesme
Myphonehatesme

I'm waiting for Candice Schwager's inevitable blog post about how the motorcyclist is at fault. This has turned from humorously surreal to incredibly sad. I hope Victor and Shannon make rapid and complete recoveries. My thoughts are with them and their families.

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...