Wife shares story of drunk driver who took red light and her husband’s life to WT students

By:Valerie Herrera

November 7, 2017


(Carlos Macias)


“Don't drink and drive.” It's a phrase you hear time and time again and one that the wife of a husband whose life was taken by a drunk driver, won’t stop sharing.

EL PASO - It was a normal sunny afternoon, when Carlos Macias, 51 was suddenly struck by a drunk driver on his way home from work.

The drunk driver walked away from the fatal crash unharmed, while Macias’s lifeless body lay on the ground. 

(Barbara Macias stand next to portrait of her husband Carlos Macias)


13 years later, Barbara Macias of Victim’s Legacy shares the tragic event that took her husband’s life with Western Tech students in hopes to prevent driving-while-intoxicated incidents.

With a knot in her throat, Barbara begins her presentation with a news broadcast video and images of the incident that occurred on the intersection of Hawkins and Montana in 2005.

“Every time I pass through this area, I can still visualize his body lying on the ground.” Said Macias who believes DWI related deaths are not treated as violent crimes in El Paso.

Macias’s frustration has been increased by the fact that the drunk driver, Ben Baca, was only given 10 years in jail and is set to be released this year before the holidays.


Although drunk-driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades; drunk-driving crashes continue to claim more than 10,000 lives per year. 

On average, 29 people in the United States die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes everyday—that's one person every 50 minutes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

“This is a problem that is preventable," says Macias. "I'm not saying not to drink but please have a plan.”

Victim’s Legacy was formed to help address the issues in El Paso with drunk driving and is also working to put together a network of individuals that can be called upon to offer support when someone receives the news of a family member having been killed in an accident.

For more information about prevention and support, call Barbara Macias with Victims Legacy at  (915) 252-1076

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