Ivanna Villanueva to Begin Serving Sentence in Fatal Coral Gables Crash

Woman to begin serving three-year sentence in crash that killed elderly woman

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    Ivanna Villanueva in court on June 18, 2013.

    The former University of Miami student convicted in the crash that killed an elderly woman in Coral Gables is expected to begin serving her sentence soon.

    Ivanna Victoria Villanueva, 21, was sentenced last month to three years in prison followed by 15 years probation and community service after accepting a plea deal.

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    Prosecutors on Monday charged Ivanna Villanueva, 19, with DUI manslaughter and carrying a false driver's license. (Published Monday, Oct. 24, 2011)

    Villanueva was expected to begin serving the sentence Tuesday morning but there was a delay over her mandatory urine drug test. She's due back in court Wednesday.

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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. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011)

    Villanueva was charged with DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in the October 2011 wreck that left 68-year-old grandmother Eyder Ayala dead. Miami-Dade Police said Ayala was heading home from her job at McDonald's when Villanueva struck her vehicle.

    Ayala was pronounced dead on the scene near Lejuene Road and Majorca Avenue. Toxicology reports found Villanueva, then only 19, had a blood alcohol levels almost three times the state legal limit of .08.

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    As part of her plea deal, Villanueva will donate to the anti-DUI foundation Mothers Against Drunk Driving, give to a scholarship in Ayala's name, and speak to young people several times a year about the perils of driving under the influence.

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