CORAL GABLES (CBS4) – A University of Miami student involved in a deadly wreck in Coral Gables over the weekend made her first appearance in court.
During the hearing, the judge set bond at $50,000 for Ivanna Villanueva who has been charged with vehicular manslaughter.
The accident happened around 4 a.m. at the intersection of Le Jeune Road and Majorca Avenue. Police say Villanueva was driving at a high rate of speed when she slammed into the back of a car driven by 68-year old Eyder Ayala.
Ayala, the mother of five and grandmother of seven, was killed instantly.
“Eight days ago we were celebrating my brother’s wedding and my mother was dancing,” recalled Brenda, Ayala’s daughter. “Now, we have to go to a funeral and mourn her death.”
“We don’t know why this had to happen to someone like this, someone who was good to everyone,” said Anwar Sadeek , Ayala’s son-in-law.
Ayala’s family said they got worried when she didn’t come home from work at the McDonalds 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.”
Ayala’s family is now trying to come to grips with the reality that their hard working mother and grandmother is gone.
Police say a DUI charge is pending investigation. Prosecutors revealed during Villanueva’s bond hearing that she was in possession of several fake ID’s which she used to gain entrance to LIV nightclub at the Fontainebleau Hotel.
Late Monday, the Villanueva family released this statement through a spokesperson:
The Villanueva family is exceedingly saddened by the events of this past Sunday and Ivanna Villanueva is grief stricken over the tragic accident. Everyone in the family wishes to convey their deepest sympathies to the Ayala family at this very, very sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.