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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. 

Comments (8)
  1. ivxx says:

    Too bad Villanueva wasn’t a cop, she would’ve gotten probation and an insurance claim…

    RIP Ayala

    1. GEMA says:

      well lets see! who you people think you are to be accusing some one? even do ? what it is this ?are we to powerfull to play GOD over the internet?whats going on?helloooooooooo……..theres two familys out there going thrue alot can we please have some respect for them PLEASE .IM SURE YOU HAVE FAMILY SOME WHERE ON THIS PLANET.right so PLEASE PLEASE.lets be respecfull and the play of GOD it is not for you or me to be judge..just pray if you have nothing to say on this page please ingnoret. safe your self from from GOD

  2. Edwatd says:

    Vehicular manslaughter and a possible pending DUI case in the death
    of this poor grandmother who at her age had to work at McDonalds to help
    support her family. Needless to say, I am sure that your parents will hire
    the best criminal attorney money can buy to help you stay out of jail, but I hope that the victim’s family hires the best wrongful death civil attorney to take away
    everything both you and your family has ! Also, I hope that The University Of Miami has the backbone to dismiss you from school for your actions !

  3. B says:

    The Villanueva family didn’t seem saddened this morning at bond hearing. The father did not even look into our eyes to express his sympathy. Does anyone need a spokesperson to convey this kind of message? Whatever happened to courtesy and humanity?

  4. tim 3500 says:

    Just a shame all the way around.

  5. steve says:

    Go to jail, go directly to jail, do not pass GO, do not Collect $200

  6. D says:

    Dude why even show up to school? Nobody really gonna say “well $hit happens” . Ain’t nobody give a pat in back at school. 80%-90% chance he life is over. BUT Donte Stallworth and Leonard little killed someone while driving drunk. Donte only got 30 days in jail, community service and 8 years of probation. Leonard little only got four years probation and community service…. They had BS there side.

  7. Gema Londono says:

    im so sad about all of this reality drama that it is going on that .we just have to look, see, and let it go you want to know why ? because GOD just works in a mistrerious way. f want want to be in the middle you are on your on.

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