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Rickey Parks' family reacts to grand jury indictment of suspect

Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff
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By Michael Slother - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock County grand jury indicted 43-year-old Manuel Martinez on an intoxicated manslaughter charge Tuesday. Martinez is accused of the death of 39-year-old motorcyclist Rickey Parks.

Parks leaves behind six children and his wife Cecilia. We asked her what she would say to Martinez. "I want him to realize that he took a husband and a father away from their family," Cecilia said.

Parks oldest son, also named Rickey, says the tragedy impacted him in a positive way. "I see what that guy did to my dad and I don't want to be on that side," he said. Both are members of The Messengers, a motorcycle group that rides for a sober lifestyle.

Longtime friend Mike Burch says the youngest Parks is following in his father's footsteps. "He was such a good friend that I impacted his son's life. He wants to continue what his father was doing," Burch said.

Parks' son says it's a challenge to live up to his father's reputation, but he has to try."I'm doing the best that I can I don't know if I could ever be half what he was," said Rickey. 

It's been two months since the fatal crash, but when The Messengers ride they still look over expecting to see Rickey. "The closer someone is to you the longer it tends to take to fully absorb and understand," said Messenger Road Captain Rusty Fuller. 

Parks' son says losing his father has been a long and difficult process, but he's getting stronger. "Its a lot different, him not being here. It's pretty tough. I live, I get through it, and try to be strong, because that's what he'd want me to be," said Rickey. 

Parks' wife Cecilia wants her husband's death to be a lesson to those who think they're invincible. "I do hope that this makes an impact on people, that they can realize when you drink, do not drive. You don't know what's going to happen when you get in that vehicle," Cecilia said. 

Typically, after a grand jury indictment, both sides meet to discuss the possibility of a plea agreement. If they can't come to terms, the case will go to trial. 

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