DUI Manslaughter Suspect Yanks Bid To Attend Winter Music Conf.

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Ivanna Villanueva, the University of Miami student accused of DUI Manslaughter, asked for permission through her attorney to fulfill community service hours at the Ultra Music Festival in Bayfront Park. Hours later, after a torrent of outrage was directed at the teen over what was seen an insensitive act, her attorney withdrew the motion and apologized.

Originally, her attorney said she would be cooking with The Cordon Bleu to satisfy her community service requirement. The state raised an opposition saying it’s inappropriate for her to attend a festival considering the charges she is facing, a hit and run incident which left a grandmother dead.

Documents showed that the Villanueva, 19, was supposed to be the designated driver that night.

In a hand-written statement Ivanna Villanueva submitted to Coral Gables Police, she wrote that “it was my day as the designated driver.” But Villanueva’s toxicology report showed that she had nearly triple the legal limit of alcohol in her system.

The document is dated October 2nd, 2011 – the same night Villanueva was involved in a crash that killed a grandmother.

The woman who died in the crash – 68-year-old Eyder Ayala – has since been buried in Nicaragua.

Anwar Sadeek, the son-in-law of the victim, was in court and gave said his family was shocked the motion was even being considered. The family’s attorney, Paul Layne, said the festival is known for its alcohol use.

The judge said he would consider the motion if the defense attorney could provide the name of a person who will be supervising Villanueva as she completes her community service hours. The judge will make a final ruling on March 20, but late Friday afternoon, attorney David Markus told CBS4 that he had withdrawn the motion made on behalf of his client.

“We never intended to upset the family and we apologize,” Markus said in an e-mail to CBS4 News.

Villanueva is currently under house arrest and she is allowed to continue to attend classes at the University of Miami pending her trial.

Villanueva faces a vehicular homicide charge, DUI manslaughter and a felony for allegedly carrying a false driver’s license. If convicted she faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

The accident occurred at the intersection of LeJeune Road and Majorca Avenue. Police say Villanueva was driving at a high rate of speed when she slammed into Ayala’s car.

Ayala, a mother to five and grandmother to seven, died at the scene.

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.

Ayala’s family has sued Villanueva and her father, saying he is liable for her conduct. The multi-million dollar lawsuit said she was “speeding, negligent and reckless.”

  • ken

    This little HO needs to learn her lesson or else a lifetime of self-absorbed behavior will ensue. We need to be harsher and give stronger and more serious penalties to people (like this) who think they are entitled, above the law and beyond reproach. An attitude that is all too common in the latin community here in Miami!

    Lock her up and THROW AWAY THE KEY!!

    • luis

      Ken, don’t put this on the LATIN community. The girl is the criminal, not her race (especially considering she killed one of her own).

  • rausky79

    You forgot to say “A common attitude in the non-Latino,RACIST,HATE FILLED community”!! What does her being latina have anything to do with this? You need to learn respect, which I know your “parents” didn’t teach you!! Go back to the RACIST HOLE you crawled out from!!

  • rausky79

    Hey Luis, thanks for your post, but you’re wasting your time with ken, cause he’s a RACIST Americanski!!


    You all acting like you never made a mistake or went to a party and drank! if no accident would of happen she would of been all right, but it is a tragic accident. People doe on the streets all the time. she drank and made a mistake caused a life! that horrible, but go to jail for 24hr. I guarantee the comments of lock her up trow the key will not be thrown. prison will make her a REAL criminal, she has a future the prison system is messed up and by sending her to prison after a couple of years we will have a real criminal! she needs to be tough a lesson without destroying another life. A mistake in life does not define a person!

  • moxie

    Are you kidding me?????????? ULTRA ??????????????? The hottest sold-out-for-6 months ticket??????????????????? Really???? THAT is in NO WAY community service….. ULTRA does not benefit any community service organization to my knowledge. This event is THE place to be, and in no way should be or even COULD be considered a punishment, not even if she was cleaning the porta-johns. It is almost a gift….a “free” ticket if you will. This whole drinking and driving issue is so very sad. I wish I knew the answers…so many people hurt in this tragic incident, even the suspect and her family. But please, do not “reward” with this type of “community service”

  • rausky79

    Moxie I agree with you 100 percent. She doesn’t deserve to be at ULTRA!!! her misbehaviour,and irresponsibilty destroyed the victim’s family,and her family. Ms. Villannueva needs to be punished to the fullest extentof the law. Too many innocent people have been killed by these perpetrators who only think of themselves!!

  • Emily

    The NERVE of her to even ask that! That is NOT community service, Like Moxie said, its like a free ticket. Obviously she isn’t even phased that she killed a grandmother. And if she was the designated diver, she should have refrained from drinking, and obviously since she didn’t, she proves to be unintelligent, despite the fact that she goes to UM. People who don’t have the self control to refrain from drinking for ONE night shouldn’t be out in the public anyways.

  • tincup

    She have NERVE’s. Just look at the picture here, you will notice the disdain on her face, she is in no way sorry for what she did.

  • poorwhiteboy

    Bend her over girls

  • Conchita

    Everybody please leave her alone! She too deserves to get a little high and enjoy some music!

  • Counterattack

    Dad is a well connected TV Producer so daughter doesn’t spend anytime in jail. You and I drive drunk and kill someone and we would still be in jail serving that sentence. So this girl want’s to do Community Service at Ultra??? She would be on Excstasy, being able to get drunk again, enjoying the music doing drugs and a woman is still dead and this piece of sh i t get’s to enjoy her freedom.

  • Counterattack

    The only thing that bring any Justice is let this b i tch begin her 20 year sentence!

  • Unknown

    It wasn’t a hit and run…….CBS sucks.

  • Michael S

    Why is my comment gone?

  • Counterattack

    Lucky for this drunk driver killer her dad has money and hired her the lawyer which is best friends of the Judge handling the case!

  • greatarchangels

    This woman is a total sociapath. I don’t understand why she is not doing some hard time. I’m so sad for the family.

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