An Irving woman faces intoxication manslaughter charges after a Saturday night car crash that killed two of her children and injured two others. Crystal Suniga, 30, lost control of her sport utility vehicle and slammed into two parked cars across from Gilbert Elementary School in the 1500 block of East Pioneer Drive at around 8 on Saturday night.
Suniga’s two sons, 14-year-old Angel Reyes and 10-year-old Ricardo Hernandez, were dead at the scene. Suniga suffered minor injuries and was hospitalized at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Her blood alcohol level tested at 0.18, more than twice the legal limit. She has been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter, two counts of injury to a child and one count of intoxication assault. No bond was set.
How can a mother put her own two children in direct danger? Drunk driving is a very serious matter all on its own, but it becomes even more serious when children are thrown into the mix. These innocent children couldn’t even defend themselves and never had the opportunity to not get into the car with an intoxicated person. As we continue to fight against the issue of drunk driving in Texas, it’s very difficult to hear about a case like this.
As a personal injury lawyer, I see drunk drivers put others in risk of danger every time they drive on our Texas roads. Something I don’t normally see, though, is someone who purposely puts their own loved ones at risk for that same danger.
I will be keeping the loved ones of the two children who were killed and the other two that were injured during this very confusing and difficult time. I hope that this woman faces the consequences of her decision to drunk drive.