A mother accused of driving drunk, crashing and killing two of her children over the weekend told police at the crime scene, "I deserve to be punished," and admitted to drinking five mojitos before getting behind the wheel, according to court documents.
Police said 30-year-old Crystal Suniga's blood alcohol level was .18 – more than twice the legal limit – when she crashed her red Honda Pilot in the 1500 block of East Pioneer Drive in Irving on Saturday.
Two of her sons died in the crash after being partially ejected and crushed by the vehicle, and two of her other children are recovering.
Suniga was reportedly driving between 70 and 100 miles per hour before she lost control and crashed the Honda into a curb, hitting two parked cars. The vehicle then flipped on its side, police said.
Nearby residents said they heard a loud boom and when they walked outside they were afraid to approach the car at first, thinking it might burst into flames.
They were able to pull Suniga and two of her children from the wreckage, but efforts to pull out her other two sons failed.
"There was a kid that, his body was from the waist up…was under the truck," said one witness. "We could just see his legs. We were trying to flip it over. It was too heavy. It was like 10 guys, but we couldn't. It was too heavy."
Ricardo Hernandez, 10, and Angel Reyes, 14, died at the scene.
Suniga's 16-year-old son was taken to Parkland Hospital in serious condition with a broken pelvis. Her 12-year-old daughter was taken to Children's Medical Center with minor injuries and has since been released.
"It's really sad, because just the other day I had seen them all. You just never know what's going to happen," said neighbor Kristy Johnson.
Suniga was also taken to Parkland Hospital with minor injuries. She has not yet been charged, but is expected to be charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter, intoxication assault with a vehicle and two counts of reckless bodily injury to a child.
Suniga told police she had been drinking at her mother's house beforehand and said she was "buzzed" there. Her mother's house is a mile from the crash scene.
The house where the car landed has now turned into a memorial.
There were two prayer vigils held there Monday, full of students, and friends of the victims all trying to make sense of the tragedy.
Parents who want answers themselves are now struggling to help their children heal.
"We tried to explain to them the best way we can do it, but it's hard to find the right words to explain to them those situations," said concerned parent Luis Reyes.
One of the victims was a student at Gilbert Elementary School, which is located right across the street from the crash site.
The principal sent a letter home to parents on Monday informing them about the tragedy and the counseling services available to students throughout the week.
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