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New Charges For Coral Gables Teen in Fatal Crash

19-year-old UM student now facing DUI manslaughter charges in crash



    (Published Monday, Oct. 24, 2011)

    The Coral Gables teen arrested in the crash that killed an elderly woman earlier this month is now facing additional charges.

    Prosecutors on Monday charged Ivanna Villanueva, 19, with DUI manslaughter and carrying a false driver's license.

    She had previously been charged with vehicular homicide.

    Police say Villanueva was intoxicated and driving recklessly when she struck 68-year-old Eyder Ayala's Ford with her Audi in the southbound lanes of LeJeune Road near Majorca Avenue just after 4:30 a.m. on Oct. 2.

    Ayala was killed at the scene. Villanueva wasn't injured, police said.

    A toxicology report showed the University of Miami student had a blood alcohol level of .231, nearly triple Florida legal limit of .08.

    Villanueva didn't attend Monday's hearing. She's been on house arrest after she was released on $50,000 bond earlier this month.

    Ayala's family did attend Monday's hearing, and said they're still grieving their loss.

    "It's been horrible, it's a nightmare, a catastrophe," said daughter Brenda Vasquez, who said they had to cremate Ayala and take her ashes to her native Nicaragua for burial. "There's no words for what we are going through."

    Villanueva's attorney, David Markus, called the incident a tragedy for the Ayala and Villanueva families.

    "The Villanueva family offers their deepest sympathies and we'll go forward from here, this is a tragic case," Markus said.