New Charges For Coral Gables Teen in Fatal Crash

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

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

    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.

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    The Coral Gables teen who police say killed an elderly grandmother in an early morning crash Sunday was ordered held on $50,000 bond.

    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.

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    An attorney says a receipt from Miami Beach nightclub Arkadia suggests a Coral Gables teen was purchasing alcohol roughly two hours before she struck and killed at 68-year-old grandmother in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

    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.

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    Attorney for victim's family says receipts show Ivanna Villanueva purchased two shots of Patron at Arkadia before the early morning crash that killed Eyder Ayala.

    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.