Mother of woman killed in crash warns public not to drive drunk
Irina Reinoso, 22, killed in DUI crash in 2013
MIAMI – A South Florida mother who lost her 22-year-old daughter to a drunk driver in 2013 has a message to share this holiday season.
"Don't drink and drive -- my daughter lost her life," Ivania Reinoso said. "For us, it's horrible to go through the holidays without her."
The woman accused of causing the crash that killed Irina Reinoso was sentenced to four years in prison last week, a similar fate that troopers say will happen if you choose to drink and drive.
"If you're caught drinking and driving, you will go to jail and you will have that DUI on your record for 75 years" Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Sanchez said.
The FHP even brought in their rollover crash simulator to an event Wednesday to show what might happen when you drive impaired and don't wear a seat belt.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said more than 1.4 million drivers were arrested last year for DUI -- cases nurses at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center say they see all too often.
"We get cases of alcohol-related trauma and there have even been times where I have taken care of the actual drunk driver and the actual victim," nurse Luis Derosa said.
Police said Reinoso's friend, Mila Dago, 24, was behind the wheel of a rented Car2Go SmartCar when she crashed into a pickup truck while leaving a bar.
Dago will serve 10 years of probation after she is released from prison.
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