In a Miami trial, a young woman plead not guilty for a fatal car crash that she allegedly caused after running a red light while driving drunk. According to the Miami Herald, the woman, Mila Dago, had texted her ex-boyfriend just minutes before the accident. The Herald claims the texts read, “driving drunk woo” and “I’ll be dead thanks to you.”
In recent events, prosecutors have found evidence of other texts being sent throughout the night as Dago and her friend bar-hopped. Dago was going through a breakup with her boyfriend of the time and was sending him angry texts while apparently drinking in bars.
After finishing bar-hopping, Dago was driving a rented Smart Car and ran a red light at 4:45am, t-boning a truck going the other direction. Reports show that her final texts about driving drunk were sent three minutes before the accident.
The driver of the truck was a 51-year-old man, Benjamin Byrum. Byrum and Dago both survived the accident, however, Dago’s passenger, 22-year-old Irini Reinoso, was killed.
Currently, Dago has plead not-guilty to vehicular homicide, two counts of DUI with damage to a person, and DUI manslaughter.
At the Mobile, Alabama law firm of Long & Long, these kinds of stories are just horrible for our car accident attorneys to hear as they are so easily avoided. Texting and driving has become a plague upon drivers, causing far too many accidents and deaths. We can only hope that bringing these types of cases to light, we can be a part of the solution.