Man Sentenced to Prison for 2016 Palmetto Crash That Killed Mother

Rachel Foster and daughter Savannah were killed two years apart

A man was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to a car wreck in Miami that killed a mother just weeks after she gave birth to a daughter who was later killed in a horrific, unrelated beating.

Leonardo Morciego, 48, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison, two years of house arrest and four years probation. He pled guilty to charges of DUI manslaughter and other felonies.

The June 2016 crash on the Palmetto Expressway killed 24-year-old Rachel Foster and seriously injured her boyfriend Yovahnis Roque.

Roque later took infant daughter Savanna to Orange, Texas. Authorities say 26-year-old Roque bludgeoned the 2-year-old to death in February and now faces capital murder charges.

Mother and daughter are buried side-by-side in Miami, which Rachel Foster's mother Delia Foster calls a "blessing" after the double tragedies.

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