Young Driver Kills 2; Her Bartender Is Charged, Too

20-year-old killed woman, child while allegedly driving drunk
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2018 5:11 PM CDT
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(Newser) – It wasn't surprising that police charged a 20-year-old Texas woman after she killed a mother and infant while allegedly driving drunk. More surprising is that authorities also have charged the bartender who allegedly served her before the crash, along with two men accused of buying her drinks, reports ABC13. Police say that Veronica Rivas visited the Crescent City Connection Sports & Oyster Bar on Feb. 28, then later slammed into a vehicle and killed 36-year-old Shayla Joseph and Joseph's 3-month-old son, Braylan, in southeast Houston. Joseph had been on maternity leave at the time.

Rivas, who police say was twice above the legal limit, has been charged with intoxicated manslaughter. Bartender Amy Allen, 40, is charged with criminal negligence by allowing the underage Rivas and a 17-year-old companion to drink at the bar, without checking their IDs. Devin Jackson, 24, and John Medina, 23, are charged with buying drinks for a minor, reports NBC Dallas/Fort Worth. The bar-related arrests are the first under a new Harris County task force set up to find the source of alcohol in such cases. (Read more DWI stories.)

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