REPORT: 3-Month Old Burien Boy Killed By Drunk Driver Sunday Night
The Columbian is reporting that Gabriel Pina, a 3-month old Burien boy, was killed in a drunk-driving incident on I-5 Sunday night (Aug. 21) near Vancouver, Washington.
The Washington State Patrol says the accident happened on northbound I-5 as two adults, one from Burien and the other from Kent, were trying to change a flat tire along the side of the freeway. The drunk driver apparently lost control of his Acura, hit a barrier, then crashed into the disabled, parked car, injuring the adults and killing the baby inside.
Police say that the parents, Terra Pina, 21, of Burien, and Angel Pena, 23, of Kent, were on the shoulder attempting to fix a flat tire. The infant, inside the car at the time of the crash, died at the scene.
Christopher A. Roman, 26, of Beaverton, Ore., was accused Monday morning of driving drunk and causing the crash that killed the boy in Clark County Superior Court. Bail was set at $200,000, and his arraignment is set for Sept. 2. He was previously convicted of a DUI in 2005 in California.
Investigators say that Roman was seen passing cars and “swerving all over the road” prior to the fatal crash.
Terra Pina, the driver of the disabled car, was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with neck and back pain. Angel Pina was also transported to the same hospital with a head laceration and a leg injury.
Roman was arrested at the same hospital after being treated for lacerations.
Read the full story here.