Vargas-Hernandez didn’t have a license to drive, either.
She was booked into Marion County Jail on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death, and of knowingly or intentionally operating a motor vehicle without ever receiving a license.
And – she never should have been in this country in the first place.
From the Indy Star:
“In addition to the charges she faces in Marion County, jail records indicate that she also is being detained on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Jail records say she is originally from Mexico.
“The driver of the vehicle in the ditch, 66-year-old David Kriehn, was ejected from his car as it rolled several times. He was rushed to St. Vincent Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“Vargas-Hernandez, who was driving an SUV, was unhurt. There were three passengers with her in the SUV who were checked and released by medics at the scene, police said.
“Vargas-Hernandez struck the back of Kriehn’s vehicle, causing it to slide off the road and overturn several times before resting in the ditch, police said. The SUV also overturned and came to rest upside down on the right shoulder.
“Court documents say troopers at the scene smelled alcohol on the breath of Vargas-Hernandez after the crash. Her eyes appeared to be watery and bloodshot, and she did not have a driver’s license.
“When asked how much she had to drink, Vargas-Hernandez said ‘just a little bit,’ court documents said. A preliminary breath test administered at the scene indicated that she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent, court documents said. The legal limit in Indiana at which a driver is presumed intoxicated is 0.08 percent.
“As the trooper drove Vargas-Hernandez to Eskenazi Hospital to conduct a blood draw, she said that she has been living in the United States illegally for about four years and that is the reason she did not have identification, court documents said.”
Vargas-Hernandez’s trial by jury is set for May.
Kriehn, the Blaze reported, was a former missionary and had been driving home from work when he was struck.