Baby Killed After Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes into Shopping Cart

One-year-old Corinna Tovar's mother, who was also injured, was unloading groceries into her car when the tragic incident occurred.
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February 27, 2019

A one-year-old baby died Monday after a suspected drunken driver crashed into the shopping cart she was sitting in as her mother unloaded groceries into a car at a Dollar General store parking lot.

The child, who San Antonio Police have identified as Corinna Tovar, was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. The baby's mother and another woman believed to be in her sixties were also injured in the collision, Sgt. Ralph Salazar told KSAT.com. Neither woman has been identified publicly, but police told KENS 5 Corinna's mother suffered minor injuries and has been released from the hospital. The other woman was last listed as being in critical condition after undergoing emergency surgery, Salazar said.

Authorities have identified the driver of the vehicle that struck and killed baby Corinna as David Fuentes. Fuentes, 25, is charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault, police said. His bond is set at $150,000, and as of Wednesday, he remains in jail.

Salazar told KSAT.com that the store's surveillance camera captured the tragic crash, which investigators are reviewing. Fuentes' passenger was also taken in by authorities for questioning.

Amanda Guerrero was present when Monday's horrific events unfolded. "I (saw) a shopping cart go flying," she told KSAT.com. "Everybody came running. They picked up the little girl. They wrapped her in a blanket. The lady was on the floor crying, and people were screaming and yelling."

A relative of Corinna's mother told KENS 5 that the family is in shock but grateful for the outpouring of public support. A memorial of balloons, flowers and stuffed animals popped up in the parking lot shortly after the devastating crash.

Esther Martinez, a mother of five and grandmother of 22, didn't know baby Corinna or her family personally, but placed flowers and an angel statuette in the parking lot in memory of the young child.

"Most of the time I come over here, and to me it was just devastating. I couldn't believe it. How can you drive so fast in such a little parking lot?" she told KSAT.com. "I just couldn't go to sleep without knowing I could do something for the family. My condolences really go out to each and every one that's the family."

Our hearts go out to baby Corinna's family and everyone impacted by this senseless tragedy.

Salazar told KSAT.com that the store's surveillance camera captured the tragic crash, which investigators are reviewing. Fuentes' passenger was also taken in by authorities for questioning.

Amanda Guerrero was present when Monday's horrific events unfolded. "I (saw) a shopping cart go flying," she told KSAT.com. "Everybody came running. They picked up the little girl. They wrapped her in a blanket. The lady was on the floor crying, and people were screaming and yelling."

A relative of Corinna's mother told KENS 5 that the family is in shock but grateful for the outpouring of public support. A memorial of balloons, flowers, and stuffed animals popped up in the parking lot shortly after the devastating crash.

Esther Martinez, a mother of five and grandmother of 22, didn't know baby Corinna or her family personally, but placed flowers and an angel statuette in the parking lot in memory of the young child.

"Most of the time I come over here, and to me it was just devastating. I couldn't believe it. How can you drive so fast in such a little parking lot?" she told KSAT.com. "I just couldn't go to sleep without knowing I could do something for the family. My condolences really go out to each and every one that's the family."

Our hearts go out to baby Corinna's family and everyone impacted by this senseless tragedy.



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