CORAL GABLES (CBS4) – A Miami family is mourning a woman who they say was a loving mother to five adult children and seven grandchildren. Around 4 A.M. police say 68 year-old Eyder Ayala died after she was rear-ended by 19 year-old Ivanna Villanueva.
“We don’t know why this had to happen to someone like this, someone who was good to everyone,” said Anwar Sadeek who is married to the 68 year-old’s granddaughter.
The fatal accident happened at the intersection at LeJeune Road and Majorca Avenue.
Police say Villanueva was traveling at a high rate of speed instantly killing the 68 year-old.
Ayala’s family said they got worried when she didn’t come home from work at the McDonald at SW 42nd Avenue and 9th Street where she’s worked for more than 20 years as a manager.
“She was awesome person,” said Sadeek. “That’s the hardest part of this.”
Late this after police arrested Villanueva and charged the teen who is a University of Miami student with vehicular homicide. Now Ayala’s family is trying to come to grips with the reality that their hard working mother and grandmother is gone.
“I hope we get answers soon,” said Sadeek. “I just hope everyone heels as fast as they can.”
Police say a DUI charge is pending investigation. Villanueva is expected to make her first court appearance Monday morning.