AUSTIN (KXAN) - Tuesday was day one in the hit-and-run trial of a man accused of driving drunk and crashing into a group of people, including a former University of Texas soccer player.
Nicholas Colunga is charged in the February 2012 incident that left Kylie Doniak in a coma and paralyzed. Colunga was 23 at the time. Doniak was 21.
Family members and friends on both sides packed the courtroom. Kylie Doniak's older sister Alyssa Doniak has been by her side non-stop.
"She looks fine, but she still has a lot of memory problems," said Alyssa, "I was teaching full time in California where we're from, and I quit so I could take care of her."
Kylie doesn't remember what happened back in February of 2012, but friends who were with her do. And they told the jurors Tuesday.
"He was swerving over two or three lanes, and driving pretty erratically," said one student who testified.
"I really remember distinctly one person being hit a lot harder than anyone else. That was Kylie," said another who testified.
The jury heard testimony from Austin Police too. They viewed video of the actual crash. The surveillance video showed the car, driven by Colunga, speeding through the intersection of 8th Street and San Jancinto. The car then strikes a group of pedestrians, one of which was Kylie Doniak.
They also looked at pictures of the car Colunga was driving. Police say once Colunga crashed near Rio Grande and West 10th Street.
"He feels horrible," said attorney Amber Vazquez-Bode of her client, "He feels absolutely horrible. This was an awful tragedy."
Colunga pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to intoxication assault. Prosecutors also want to convict him on two counts of failure to stop and render aid and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His defense argues that.
"He can only plead to what he legally did, and unfortunately, he didn't know he hit anyone," said Vazquez-Bode.
Kylie Doniak has made a remarkable recovery. The now 22-year-old re-learned to walk, talk and even recognize family members. But the physical is only part of the battle.
"Obviously it's emotional for her to be in here," said Alyssa, "But I think she's handling it pretty well."
The trial will start up again Wednesday morning at 9:00.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.