North Texas Mom Arrested for Fatal DUI Crash

An Irving mom was arrested Monday morning after a fatal car crash killed two of her children and injured another two. Speed and alcohol are believed to have been factors in the accident.

Details of the Fatal Car Accident

A CBS News report says that Crystal Suniga, 30, faces two counts of intoxication manslaughter, two counts of injury to a child and one count of intoxication assault after a deadly car crash that killed two on Saturday.

According to police reports, Suniga lost control of her 2003 Honda Pilot SUV and slammed into two cars parked on a private driveway. Suniga’s SUV rolled over after colliding with the vehicles before coming to rest against the residence. Inside the vehicle were Suniga’s four children between the ages of 10 and 16.

Two of the children, Ricardo Hernandez, 10, and Angel Reyes, 14, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Suniga’s son, 16, was seriously injured and taken to an area hospital. Her daughter, 12, sustained minor injuries in the crash. Suniga also sustained minor injuries and was treated at a nearby hospital.

Police suspected speed and alcohol as factors in the crash. Blood drawn from Suniga at the hospital showed that her blood-alcohol content was .18. Suniga was arrested Monday morning at the hospital and booked remotely.

Texas DUI Fatality Statistics

The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) recorded 1,099 fatalities from alcohol-related crashes in the state of Texas in 2012.

  • 17.7% of those fatality injured in DUI-related crashes were passengers of vehicles driven by DUI drivers.
  • 145 fatalities caused by DUI drivers were under 21.
  • 24.42% of all drivers involved in fatal DUI crashes were between the ages of 21 and 25.
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