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Two Young Sisters Killed in Car Crash With Drunk Driver

| by Lisa Fogarty

Two young sisters in Tulsa, Oklahoma are reportedly dead after a drunk driver hit their car, reports News on 6.

Christina Cantrell, 38, has been arrested and charged with manslaughter after she allegedly got into her SUV after drinking alcohol at a few bars and getting into a fight with a friend. She reportedly ran a red light while speeding and crashed into a small silver car that was carrying five people – including two sisters, ages 12 and 16. The impact of the crash caused the car to spin around, ejecting three young people from the back seat  -- including the two girls and an eight-month-old baby who police say wasn’t strapped into her car seat -- about 25 to 50 feet from the vehicle.

The two sisters died.

The other passengers – driver Jesus Avina, 18, his 16-year-old girlfriend, who was in the passenger seat, and the couple’s infant daughter -- were taken to the hospital. The driver had non-life threatening injuries, but his girlfriend is in stable condition and has several serious injuries including a broken tailbone, concussion and punctured lung. Their baby has a skull fracture that caused bleeding on her brain, but police say she is also stable.

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The girls who lost their life in this accident were Avina’s younger sisters.

Cantrell was reportedly driving 50 to 60 mph. A passenger who was riding with her reportedly jumped out of the SUV and fled after she crashed, and police are still looking for him. Neither he nor Cantrell were injured in the crash, reports Tulsa World, and the suspect was “uncooperative” with police.

Corporal Brian Collum says the suspect had numerous warrants out for her arrest and that she has been booked on two complaints of first-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence of alcohol injury accident, obstructing an officer, and several traffic violations. She is being held in lieu of $105,000 bond.

Collum also said that none of the victims were wearing their safety belts and cautioned others to learn from this example – particularly when it comes to child car seats.

“If you don’t buckle the child seat in properly, it will eject with the child – which in this case it did,” Collum said. “We see seat belts save more lives than not.”

Source: News on 6, Tulsa World

Photo Credit: Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department, AlcoholAddict.info