The text read: “Drunk driving woo, I’ll be dead thanks to you.” It was just one of dozens of text messages sent, while driving, by a drunk Florida woman back in 2013 after her boyfriend had left her. Embittered and angry, the woman and her friend went out in Miami, got drunk, and plowed through a red light.
Writes CBS News: “On Thursday, prosecutors released new evidence, including a string of text messages, involving that deadly crash on August 14, 2013. According to CBS Miami, Mila Dago, then 22, was behind the wheel of a rented Smart Car when she reportedly blew through a red light at around 4:45 a.m. and t-boned a truck driven by 51-year old Benjamin Byrum. Dago and Byrum survived the crash, but Dago’s passenger – her friend, 22-year old Irina Reinoso – was killed.”
According to police records, Dago sent her then-boyfriend 60 texts as she and Reinoso barhopped in downtown Miami; many of the texts were chilling and threatening. She was arrested in January 2014 and charged with “DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and two counts of DUI with damage to a person.” Her blood alcohol level was found to be over twice the legal limit. Dago is awaiting trial.
“I’m done you ruined me…you’ll be the death of me,” Dago wrote on one text. Another said: “Have a nice life idiot. I’m tired of having to put up with you.” Three minutes after she sent the “drunk driving woo” text, she ran a red light at a high rate of speed and slammed head on into a truck moving through the intersection.
The Miami Herald carried partial footage of the crash.
Reinoso was pronounced dead at the scene. Dago walked away from the crash with just a few bruises, despite riding in a tiny, unprotected Smart Car. Byrum, who was driving a Chevy pickup truck, said he was thankful that he was hit with such a small vehicle.
“The Smart Car is what saved me,” Byrum told the Herald. “If it had been anything bigger, I would have been in trouble.”
Dago’s attorney, David Rothman, declined to talk about the details of the crash. “Ms. Dago, who, with her family, prays every day for the young woman who passed and her family, believes it is disrespectful to the young woman’s family to publicly comment,” Rothman said.
Reinoso’s family has a pending civil suit as well in place against Dago, and has a second suit filed against the Smart Car rental company Car2Go.
Adds Jezebel.com:“Reinoso’s family has since filed a lawsuit against Car2Go, the company she rented her SmartCar from, saying ‘the company should have safeguards in place to prevent drunk drivers from renting unattended cars on the street.’ The family thinks Car2Go should install breathalyzers in the vehicles that will prevent drunk drivers from operating the cars.”
What are your thoughts on this fatal, drunk driving text?