Crash kills two kids in Irving; mom under arrest

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by SHON GABLES and TODD UNGER

WFAA

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM

IRVING — An Irving woman faces intoxication manslaughter charges after a Saturday night  crash that killed two of her children and injured two others.

Irving police said Crystal Suniga, 30, lost control of her sport utility vehicle and slammed into two parked cars across from Gilbert Elementary School in the 1500 block of East Pioneer Drive at around 8 p.m.

Police spokesman James McLellan said Suniga's two sons — identified by family members as 14-year-old Angel Reyes and 10-year-old Ricardo Hernandez — were dead at the scene.

Police said two other children in the vehicle — Suniga's 12-year-old daughter and a 16-year-old son — were also injured. The boy was taken to Parkland Memorial hospital in Dallas for treatment of a serious injury; the girl went to Children's Medical Center Dallas with a minor injury.

Adan Osuna, his brother Jose and their 11-year-old sister Lizmar witnessed the crash. Adan said the images of one of the deceased still haunts him.

"His body was under the car. I didn't see his face... I only saw his legs," he said.

Moments earlier, Jose Osuna said he heard tires screeching and then witnessed Suniga's out-of-control SUV jump the curb, flip over, and crash in a neighbor's yard — taking out three cars and a fence along the way.

"It was very loud," Jose said. "Our whole house shook. I thought it was an earthquake or something."

Suniga suffered minor injuries and was hospitalized at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

McLellan said Suniga's blood alcohol level tested at 0.18, more than twice the legal limit.

She has been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter, two counts of injury to a child and one count of intoxication assault. No bond was set.

Suniga was transferred from the hospital to jail on Sunday evening.

Adan, who lives down the street from Suniga, said she was trying to catch up with her boyfriend with whom she had been fighting.

Suniga's mother declined to speak on camera, but said her daughter wasn't drunk and denied that she had been fighting.

Francisco Garcia saw his sister's car damaged in the crash. He was furious about what happened.

"It pisses me off... drunk driving with kids inside! They're innocent," he said. "They didn't do nothing."

Ricardo Hernandez was a student at Gilbert Elementary School; his brother, Angel Reyes, attended Austin Middle School. Irving ISD officials said grief counselors would be on hand at both campuses on Monday morning.

E-mail sgables@wfaa.com and tunger@wfaa.com

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