Teen Charged in Deadly Crash Out on Bond

UM student involved in crash that killed elderly woman under house arrest

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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. (Published Monday, Oct 3, 2011)

    The Coral Gables teen charged in the Coral Gables crash that killed an elderly woman bonded out of jail early Tuesday, Miami-Dade Corrections officials said.

    Ivanna Villanueva, 19, posted $50,000 bond and was released a day after she appeared in court on vehicular manslaughter charges. The University of Miami student will be under house arrest with an ankle monitor, officials said.

    Police say Villanueva was driving recklessly and possibly intoxicated 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. Sunday.

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

    Police said toxicology tests are pending and Villanueva could face other charges depending on the outcome of the tests.

    Outside court Monday, Ayala's family said they were heartbroken at her death.

    "Eight days ago we were at my brother's wedding and my mother was dancing," said Ayala's daughter Brenda Sadeek.  "Now we have to go to a funeral and mourn her death."

    A spokesperson for the Villanueva family said they were "exceedingly saddened" by the incident.

    "Ivanna Villanueva is grief stricken over the tragic accident," family spokesperson Ivan Morales said. "Everyone in the family wishes to convey their deepest sympathies to the Ayala family at this very, very sad time."