Marine Alex Martinez Critically Injured in Costa Mesa Assault
Posted on Apr 05, 2011
At around 2:00 a.m. last Sunday morning, marine Alex Martinez was critically injured in a Costa Mesa assault. Martinez, 21, and his friend, Victor Zavela, also 21, were waiting for a ride in the parking structure at Triangle Square when they became involved in a verbal confrontation with two other men, 24-year-old Mark Allen Vasquez and 25-year-old John Vela. Vasquez struck Martinez in the head, sending him to the concrete floor, on which he received a second impact to the head and fell unconscious. As of Monday, he was still in critical condition at Western Medical Center. Vasquez was arrested and charged with felony assault, explains an Orange County injury lawyer.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States, impacting, on average, about 1.7 million people annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, the severity of TBI varies from a brief loss of consciousness to an extended period of unconsciousness, amnesia, or death. Moreover, the consequences of such an injury range from a mild concussion to long-term cognitive, sensory, and linguistic limitations.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish Alex Martinez, the marine critically injured last Sunday morning, a full recovery.
The Daily Pilot originally reported this Costa Mesa assault.
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