Just minutes before a drunken crash that took her friend’s life, a Miami woman sent a chilling text to her ex-boyfriend joking about driving while drunk.
Reports say Mila Dago, who was 22 at the time, was driving with her 22-year-old friend Irina Reinoso in the passenger seat after a night of drinking. Dago and Reinoso reportedly went out so Dago could get her mind off of her recent breakup, but while on the way home, Dago reportedly sent a text to her ex-boyfriend telling him that she was driving drunk (video below).
“Driving drunk woo ... I'll be dead thanks to you,” Dago wrote to the ex-boyfriend, reports New York Daily News.
Minutes after sending that and other similar texts, Dago, driving a rented Smart Car, blew through a red light with Reinoso in the passenger’s seat and collided with a pickup truck, reports Miami Herald. Reinoso was pronounced dead at the scene, and the pickup truck driver, 51-year-old Benjamin Byrum, was knocked unconscious.
“The Smart Car is what saved me,” Byrum said of the crash. “If it had been anything bigger, I would have been in trouble.”
Police say Dago’s blood alcohol level was more than double the legal limit at the time of the crash, which happened in August of 2013. In January 2014, Dago was arrested and charged for the fatal crash.
Dago pleaded not guilty to charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and DUI with damage to a person. She is currently awaiting trial as police records outlining her drunken texts sent before the crash were recently made public by Miami Herald.
“Ms. Dago, who, with her family, prays every day for the young woman who passed and her family,” Dago’s attorney David Rothman said, “believes it is disrespectful to the young woman's family to publicly comment.”
Reinoso’s grieving family has reportedly filed lawsuits against Dago and the car rental company.
Photo Sources: Miami-Dade Corrections, Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office via Miami Herald