- Diana Laura Monterroza is charged with intoxication manslaughter because she was driving while being drunk.
- Geovanny Nieto, an immigrant from El Salvador, was killed in the crash caused by the girl.
- Monterroza is already in custody and could face a sentence of up to 20 years in jail.
Diana Laura Monterroza was arrested and charged with one count of intoxication manslaughter after she killed a person for drunk driving. The Vehicular Crimes Division of the Houston Police Department (HPD) charged the young woman after a horrific accident that left a Hispanic father dead.
The young Diana Laura Monterroza, 21, is already in prison in the Harris County waiting to face her criminal prosecution for the serious charges of intoxication manslaughter and intoxicated assault with a deadly weapon after the accident that she caused last Sunday, September 12, 2021 in Houston, Texas.
Diana Laura Monterroza causes a drunk driving tragedy
Diana Laura Monterroza will face her two criminal proceedings before Judge Chris Morton of the 230th Criminal District Court in Harris County. Judge Morton has not determined, as of this writing, when the accused girl’s first hearing will be.
Monterroza is accused of having caused the death of the also Hispanic Geovanny Nieto, 31, by allegedly driving drunk on a highway in the southwest of the Houston metropolitan area, during the early hours of that Sunday that mourned the family of the immigrant from El Salvador and who was the father of two children.
The corner of the tragic death of Geovanny Nieto
According to the legal documents of the case, consulted by MundoHispánico In Texas, on Sunday, September 12, 2021, the young Diana Laura Monterroza was driving her gray Nissan Altima, heading north, along the side lane of Interstate 59 in southwest Houston.
The HPD Vehicle Crimes Division report does not detail whether the young Diana Laura Monterroza was speeding her Nissan Altima. What the investigation does detail is that upon reaching the intersection of Fountain View Drive in the Larchmont neighborhood, the girl did not slow down her Nissan Altima.
Diana Laura Monterroza runs the red light
As they reached the corner of I-59 and Fountain View Drive, the traffic light gave a red stop light to cars traveling in the northbound side lane. However, Diana Laura Monterroza did not stop the race of her Nissan Altima car. On the other street, Geovanny Nieto was traveling northeast in his Acura TL.
Geovanny Nieto in his Acura TL car continued down the street confidently because the green light marked his pace. Just as she reached the intersection with I-59, the young Diana Laura Monterroza hit her with her Nissan Altima from the side causing a brutal impact between the two cars. His wife and mother of his children were also traveling in Nieto’s car.
One dead, one seriously injured and a drunk driver
Diana Laura Monterroza’s and Geovanny Nieto’s cars were rendered useless by the force of the impact and with the three occupants inside. Other motorists who passed by the scene witnessed the brutal crash and called the emergency number to report the tragedy in the early hours of Sunday asking for urgent help.
At the scene of the brutal crash, the first to appear were the paramedics of the Houston Fire Department (HFD) to care for the injured. However, they could no longer do anything for Geovanny Nieto and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The injured woman is still very seriously in the hospital
The wife of Geovanny Nieto, whose name will not be revealed in this story to protect her privacy, was in very serious condition from the impact and was rushed to a Houston Medical Center hospital where she is still in critical condition and with the doctors fighting to save his life.
The young Diana Laura Monterroza remained in her Nissan Altima car and the HFD paramedics verified that the girl had no injuries. Agents from the HPD Vehicle Crimes Division also arrived at the scene of the tragedy to investigate the impact that took the life of the father of the family Geovanny Nieto.
Diana Laura Monterroza faces two serious crimes
Detectives from the HPD Vehicle Crimes Division were able to determine, based on forensic expert reports, that the young Diana Laura Monterroza was allegedly intoxicated while driving her Nissan Altima car when she decided to run the red light and hit the car in which Geovanny Nieto and his wife were traveling.
Diana Laura Monterroza was arrested by HPD agents and charged with the charge of homicide by intoxication for the death of Geovanny Nieto and the case of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, her car, for the injuries she caused to the woman who is still in the hospital torn between life and death.
The girl could spend up to 20 years in jail
Only the charge of homicide by intoxication like the one faced by the young Diana Laura Monterroza according to the Texas State Penal Code Whoever is found guilty of that crime after facing trial is punished with a sentence of up to 20 years. The girl doesn’t even have her official address near the area of the fatal accident.
Now the Harris County Prosecutor’s Office wants to know where the young Diana Laura Monterroza came from in such a serious state of drunkenness that she was not able to drive her Nissan Altima car. In Texas, bars and restaurants that serve excess alcohol to a customer can face criminal charges.
The pain of an immigrant family from El Salvador
The fatal accident for which Diana Laura Monterroza is accused in which the Hispanic Geovanny Nieto died has caused deep pain in her family and friends. Geovanny Nieto’s loved ones face the pain of his death and also the anguish of seeing his wife in critical condition in the hospital.
María Morales, it is not detailed what her relationship is with the deceased today, she opened the account Geovanny Nieto in the social network Go Fund Me, of economic solidarity, to help the father’s family face the great economic expenses caused by the accident caused by Diana Laura Monterroza.
“An incredible father loved by many people”
“On September 12, 2021, we unexpectedly lost our beloved cousin, son, grandson, husband and father, Geovanny Nieto. He was an incredible father, he was loved by many people, especially by his son Jacob and his wife… unfortunately, he lost his life… due to a car accident ”Morales wrote to cry out for help.
María Morales explained that Geovanny Nieto and his partner “were run over by a drunk driver who ran a red light and unfortunately his wife is in critical condition and is fighting for her life,” explains the woman to reveal the details of the tragedy for that family of immigrants from El Salvador.
The body of Geovanny Nieto will be taken to his country
The woman crying out for help for the victims of Diana Laura Monterroza explained that she opened the page to “help alleviate the financial burdens of the funeral and travel expenses that are to come as her body will be buried in her country, El Salvador. If you can, make your donation and help support the family in this difficult time. ”
María Morales assures that the request for financial assistance “may change as we learn more about the medical circumstances” of Geovanny Nieto’s wife and asks “that the privacy… of the family be respected while they process and mourn this truly unexpected loss. Thank you all for your support, love and prayers ”.
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