Drunk Driver in 2009 Miami-Dade Truck Crash that Killed Three Kids Could End Up in Jail for 45 Years

It’s been a little over two years since a Miami-Dade truck accident claims the lives of three young siblings. Now, Gabriel Delrisco, the drunken trucker who rear-ended the minivan they were in, has pleaded guilty to three counts of DUI manslaughter. He now faces up to 45 years in prison.

Delrisco was driving at speeds over 60 mph and with a blood alcohol content that was three times above the legal limit when he collided with the Serrano family’s vehicle that was stopped at a red light near Homestead on January 25, 2009. Killed in the Miami-Dade motor vehicle collision were Hector, 10, Esmeralda, 7, and Amber, 4.

Delrisco has apologized for his actions, and his attorney says that they don’t believe there is a “viable defense to the case.” The children’s parents, Hector and Mirian, say it is too late for an apology and that that their lives have been destroyed. Hector was in the minivan with the kids on the night of the fatal Miami-Dade auto crash.

Prior to the collision, Delrisco had received 29 traffic violation citations in 8 years, including one for drunk driving. Yet he still had a valid driver’s license when he drove his vehicle into the minivan.

Drunk Driving Crashes
Driving while impaired destroys the lives of everyone of everyone involved when there is a Miami car crash, and in many cases, the victim and his/her family may have grounds for a Florida injury lawsuit. A drunk driver is usually not coherent enough to pay attention to the road or keep proper control of a vehicle. Some drivers are so drunk that they may not even realize that they’ve struck a pedestrian or another car.

So many lives have been lost and families destroyed because of drivers who were drunk. There is still much that can be done to keep drunk drivers off the road and stop other parties from enabling them to get behind the steering wheel of a car while inebriated. Filing your Miami injury case won’t bring your loved one back, but it will allow you to hold the responsible parties liable.

Homestead man pleads guilty in DUI crash that killed three children, Miami Herald, February 16, 2011
Drunk Driver Who Killed Three Kids in Crash Pleads Guilty, NBC Miami, February 16, 2011

Related Web Resources:
Florida DUI Laws

Mothers Against Drunk Driving