The 18-year-old who was hit by a drunk driver remains in critical condition at an Omaha hospital.
Saturday morning, Michael Tran was northbound on 72nd Street, waiting to turn east onto Grover, when his vehicle was hit. Police said the other driver, 21-year-old Sergio Valdivia Maquez was driving so fast, that the impact of the crash forced Tran’s vehicle into a third car.
“I got a call at four o’clock in the morning from my Mom,” said Tran’s friend Amy Dahir. “We called every hospital trying to figure out which one he was at. When we found where he was, he was listed as a code 99, they couldn’t tell us anything."
Dahir describes Tran as a great guy who has lots of friends. He is employed at Coco Key Resort. Dahir added that Tran had been working a double-shift to help his family prior to the crash.
The other driver, Maquez, was booked for reckless driving and driving while intoxicated. A check of his background revealed two outstanding misdemeanor warrants.
Dahir said, "I think it makes me angry more than it upsets me because just the thought that anything could happen. He had so much going for him he was 18 years old, he just graduated from high school in May. I saw him walk across the stage, his life was taken away from him in an instant, he was just driving home from Burger King; he was hungry, just wanted something to munch on."