Police: Mom admits to five drinks before crash that killed kids

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by SEBASTAIAN ROBERTSON

WFAA

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 31 at 5:40 PM

IRVING — An Irving woman is facing intoxication manslaughter charges after a crash that killed two of her children and sent two more to the hospital.

Irving police said 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 p.m. Saturday.

Two of her sons — 14-year-old Angel Reyes and 10-year-old Ricardo Hernandez — died in the crash.

In the arrest warrant obtained by News 8, police said Suniga's blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit.

According to investigators, Suniga admitted to having five drinks leading up to the crash while at her mother's home a mile away.

Neighbors and friends said the family home, just a few blocks away from where the crash happened, was always filled with life.

"You know, I feel sorry for the whole entire family," said neighbor Kristy Johnson. "I am not saying she is a bad woman for it or anything... I just feel sorry for them."

Carrollton police confirmed Suniga had two warrants for her arrest issued by its department — one for driving without a license and the other for driving with an expired license, adding up to more than $1,000 in fines.

The two children who died attended Gilbert Elementary and Austin Middle schools. According to Irving ISD, grief counselors were on sight at both schools Monday morning.

"People are heartbroken over the situation, and people again want to be here to take care of our kids, and be there for them and give them whatever they need to help them get through this time," said district spokeswoman Lesley Weaver.

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