According to ABC 7, the crash occurred early Wednesday morning along the Gulf Freeway feeder road in Houston. Shayla Joseph, 36, and her 3-month-old daughter, Braylan Jabari Joseph, were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Prosecutors have now revealed that the driver of the other vehicle, Veronica Rivas, 20, had a blood alcohol content of .21 following the collision. The number was recorded by a hospital attendant and reported to officers.
Drunk driving was suspected early on as investigators noted a strong odor of alcohol on Rivas’ breath following the accident as well as red glassy eyes and slurred speech. A friend of Rivas’ family told reporters that Rivas was so drunk that she does not even remember hitting the car.
Rivas faced a judge in court Friday morning and appeared to break down in tears when prosecutors told her that a 3-month-old baby was in the back of the car she hit.
Rivas has charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter and was released from jail on a $30,000 bond.
During her court appearance on Friday, the judge informed Rivas that she is not allowed to leave her home without the court’s permission and must wear a GPS monitor which will track everywhere she goes. She also must wear a device that will monitor if she drinks any alcohol as a condition of her bond.
The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):
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