The woman who allegedly killed three Florida teenagers when they were hit by her SUV while waiting for their bus to a football tournament on Saturday was driving drunk after a service at a strip club, the authorities say.
Researchers believe that Mariam Coulibaly worked part of Friday night at The Body on Biscayne Boulevard near North Miami before she got drunk and plowed to Gedeon Desir 13, Lens Desir, 15 and Richecarde Dumay 17, at 5:22 am.
Coulibaly, 31, survived the collision with a shattered hip and other injuries after having suffered 42 violations since 2008, including seven crash incidents.
& # 39; I am very depressed about everything that is going on & # 39 ;, Coulibaly told the Miami Herald on Tuesday morning from her intensive care bed. & # 39; I was blacked out. When I woke up, I didn't even know I hurt people. & # 39;
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Mariam Coulibaly, 31, was drunk when she was driving her car in Miami, Florida on Saturday and says she was very depressed & # 39; is about killing the teenage boys when she plowed into it
The three boys had been on the sidewalk on their way to their bus stop when they were beaten in North Miami at 5.22 am on Saturday
The police said she smelled of alcohol and admitted to the Aventura hospital staff that she had been drinking. Four hours after the collision, her blood alcohol was double the legal limit.
The Herald reports that Coulibaly has paid huge debts totaling $ 325,000, a large part of which results from her previous violations.
Coulibaly filed a federal bankruptcy in April and stated that she owed Jackson Health Systems $ 218,404 in medical bills after a car accident in 2017.
Coulibaly was quoted for speeding in 2013 when her Infiniti M35 crashed from behind on a Jeep Cherokee and ran off the road and smashed a concrete barrier on State Road 9 in Dania Beach.
The Cherokee hit a third car and the driver of the vehicle, Catherine Jean, won more than $ 11,000.
In 2014, Avis challenged Coulibaly for nearly $ 10,000 after someone stole a car she'd rented from the company when she reportedly left the keys in the vehicle.
Coulibaly did not respond to both lawsuits.
Seven of the infringements are from Broward County, where she was caught twice in 2015 with driving with a suspended license, expired tag and speeding.
Coulibaly spent part of the Friday evening as a dancer at The Body on Biscayne Boulevard
A GoFundMe funeral campaign for teenagers has raised $ 65,675 for a $ 100,000 goal since Wednesday morning. Desir is shown in the middle of the back row
The brother-in-law of Coulibaly added that her family members feel bad about those children who were killed on their way to a football game. Desir is shown as the second from the right
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A total of 35 infringements are associated with Miami-Dade County.
In January 2015, Coulibaly was cited for carefree driving after she had taken off the SUV, but the ticket was later rejected.
That February she was involved in two hit-and-runs. On Valentine's Day she went & # 39; for no apparent reason & # 39; the other way, on the Florida Turnpike, the scene fled in panic and was captured 11 days later.
She was also cited for an incident on February 18, where she blew a red light and cut out a vehicle, but witnesses have her license plate details. Coulibaly was instructed to go to school.
Her second incident with the Florida Turnpike came in December when she hit a sign on the side of the road and a crash barrier, but the case was rejected because no witnesses appeared in court.
In 2016, Coulibaly was named for blowing five red lights, but four tickets were removed and the one she didn't argue for was never paid. The Coulibaly license was again suspended.
The wife's brother-in-law told the Herald that Coulibaly was in hospital in 2017 with broken bones and a concussion after she hit a Miami-Dade bus.
Coulibaly – who, according to her bankruptcy documents, borrowed a loan from the University of Everglades – worked part-time as a hairdresser 8 months ago and had an office job after leaving her mother's house, according to her brother-in-law.
The man who remains anonymous said to the Miami Herald: “The last thing we know is that she was having a good time in Miami, probably Miami Beach just like everyone else on Memorial Day weekend.
& # 39; We think she probably went home … She's a good woman. It's not that she's a troublemaker. This is just an unfortunate accident. She's not even the type of girl who comes home late. She's not reckless. & # 39;
Any additional funds from the GoFundMe campaign for the funeral expenses of the teenagers go to the organization
Many of the 100 children who took part in the free program are homeless, undocumented or from low-income families. Lens Desir is shown
Coulibaly was arrested Tuesday for homicide by DUI and is currently protected by security in her hospital bed. She will be booked in jail if she is good enough to leave.
The three boys were members of the Little Haiti Football Club, a non-profit organization that helps low-income children with athletic talent and was on the sidewalk to go to their bus stop when they were beaten.
The brother-in-law of Coulibaly added that her family members & # 39; feel bad about those children & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We are very sorry, & # 39; he said about the incident on Saturday. & # 39; We pray for the children and the whole family. It is not an easy situation. We know what it is like, because we were in that situation two years ago when we almost lost her. & # 39;
Gedeon, Lens and Richecarde were dressed that morning in their uniforms for the Enigma tournament in Weston.
Authorities said the three teenagers were already dead when they received a phone call about the crash on Northeast 13th Avenue and 125th Street.
Many of the children who play for the Little Haiti Football Club earn scholarships at universities that are unable. Shown are Lens Desir (left) and Richcarde Dumay (right)
The teenagers were hit near their normal pickup spot.
& # 39; They were pedestrians on a sidewalk. They died in impact, & # 39; said a police spokeswoman.
When the bus arrived in Weston without the three teenagers, their coaches started calling them feverishly.
& # 39; In the end, someone answered one of the phones, a police officer, but they didn't give the coaches any information, & quot; said Pat Santangelo, who is on the board of directors for the nonprofit organization. Miami Herald.
Santangelo said the other members of the teenagers' teams were not told about the crash during the tournament.
They were then returned to Little Haiti Soccer Park, where they were & # 39; told and greeted by funeral directors & # 39 ;, he added.
The driver survived the crash and was hospitalized in a serious condition with a shattered hip
Santangelo said that many of the 100 children who took part in the free program are homeless, undocumented or come from low-income families. They range in age from five to 17 years old.
& # 39; This team helps children like this from hopelessness to a goal to work towards, & # 39; he said. & # 39; Many of these children come from nowhere. They are more than a high risk. & # 39;
Private sponsors and local companies help the low-budget organization pay for uniforms and other expenses.
Many of the children who play for the Little Haiti Football Club earn scholarships at universities that are unable.
& # 39; The children who died today had a lot of promise & # 39 ;, Santangelo said Saturday. & # 39; There was nothing but hope for them. Now it's all gone. & # 39;
A GoFundMe The funeral expenses campaign for the teenagers has raised $ 65,675 from a $ 100,000 goal since Wednesday. Any extra funds go to the organization.
Coulibaly had a blood alcohol content of twice the legal limit four hours after the crash. She was arrested at the expense of DUI for manslaughter, but remains in the hospital with security
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