Drunk-driving charges filed in crash that killed 3 kids
By DAVID OVALLE AND JENNIFER LEBOVICH
Prosecutors on Friday charged a Homestead driver in a crash that killed three children early Sunday morning in South Miami-Dade.
Gabriel Delrisco, 40, was charged with three counts of DUI manslaughter after he was discharged from Jackson Memorial Hospital.
A sample of his blood taken soon after the crash showed an alcohol level of .239, some three times the legal limit, according to an arrest report.
A second sample taken later, at Ryder Trauma Center, showed a level of .152, about double the legal limit, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The legal limit in Florida is .08.
Hector Serrano was stopped at a red light on South Dixie Highway at Southwest 211th Street when Delrisco's Trailblazer plowed into Serrano's minivan.
The force crushed the minivan, killing Serrano's three children: Hector, 10; Esmeralda, 7; and Amber, 4.
A witness who called 911, Steve Martinez, told troopers that Delrisco was the only one behind the wheel of the Trailblazer, the arrest report said.
Earlier in the week, Serrano said in a news conference that Delrisco should be held ``responsible for the tragedy he committed, so that he can go through the justice system. It was our family that he destroyed.''
Delrisco has racked up 26 traffic infractions since 2001, including a conviction that year for driving under the influence. After the DUI, his license was suspended for six months.
Half of his infractions were moving violations.
Since the crash, the community has rallied around the Serrano family.
In one morning alone, radio station Power 96 raised more than $50,000 to help the family with burial costs. Miami-Dade fire fighters also collected donations at the crash site.