PLANTATION, FL – A Plantation woman accused of killing a pregnant tourist while under the influence surrendered to police on Wednesday.
Rosa Maria Rivera-Kim, 34, was charged with DUI manslaughter with impairment, DUI manslaughter with an unlawful blood alcohol level and DUI property damage for her role in the March 18 crash that killed Alanna DeMella, 27, of Medford, Mass.
On the day of the crash, Rivera-Kim had allegedly gotten into an argument with her husband, Jimmy Yong Kim, at Mangos Restaurant and Lounge on E. Las Olas Blvd. She then got in her 2006 silver Audi and drove west.
A witness reported seeing Rivera-Kim’s vehicle speeding and then, for unknown reasons, her vehicle crossed an eastbound lane and hit a pool-cabana bathroom at the Riverside Hotel on E. Las Olas Blvd.
Rivera-Kim crashed into and killed DeMella, who was seven months pregnant and spending her last day in town with her husband Michael as part of a church group trip.
Rivera-Kim’s toxicology test results showed her blood alcohol level was .24 percent – three times over the legal limit of .08 percent. She claims she has no recollection of the crash and up until that moment, her driving record was clean and she had no prior criminal history.
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