Austin, TX (Law Wire News) April 3, 2014
Police say Crystal Suniga was operating her vehicle with a blood alcohol content more than double the legal limit when she slammed into two parked cars, NBC Dallas Fort Worth reported (3/30/14). Tony R. Bertolino, managing attorney with Bertolino LLP, understands that the impact of the crash killed two of her sons, Ricardo Hernandez, 10, and Angel Reyes, 14, according to the report. The article stated a third son, only 16 years old, and a young daughter whose age was not immediately known, both sustained injuries in the accident.
As for Suniga, she was treated for minor injuries at a Dallas hospital and then transferred to jail. She is being held without bond on two counts of intoxication manslaughter, two counts of injury to a child and one count of intoxication assault, The Houston Chronicle reported (3/30/14).
The crash occurred near Gilbert Elementary School, where at least one of Suniga’s children was a student, according to CBS Dallas Fort Worth (3/30/14). Grief counselors will be on hand at the school this week, as well as at the local middle school at which Suniga also had children in attendance.
“Certainly both children and adults alike are struggling to understand how a mother could place her children in such a dangerous situation,” Bertolino said. “Sadly, Suniga’s children are not alone in being passengers of a driver not fit to operate a car.”