Teacher, her husband and mother are all killed when ‘drunk’ Range Rover driver crashes into their car
A kindergarten teacher, her mother and her husband were all killed Tuesday by a suspected drunk driver who was on the run from police during a high-speed police chase.
Karina Diaz, 37, and her husband Adalberto drove her mother, Elenita, to a dialysis center at 6 AM. News 7 Miami, when the allegedly drunk driver of a white Range Rover crashed into their Kia as they crossed the intersection of Southwest 92nd Avenue and 72nd Street.
According to police, Karina, Adalberto and Elenita were all pronounced dead at the scene.
The Ranger Rover driver evaded a cop who tried to stop him, the report said. A City of South Miami officer tried to stop the driver at a stoplight for speeding on State Road 826 – instead, the driver tore off SW 72nd Street.
Police have not identified the driver’s identity and have not responded to requests from MailOnline for more information at the time of going to press. After the crash, police said, he was taken to the Kendall Regional Trauma Center, where he underwent surgery.
karina, Local 10 reported, had been teaching toddlers at the Creative Learning Center near Kendall for the past five years. She leaves behind her 20-year-old daughter Betty, who is a teacher at the center.
Karina Diaz and her husband Adalberto were driving her mother, Elenita (all pictured together) when they were hit and killed by the alleged drunk driver
The Ranger Rover driver evaded a cop who tried to stop him, the report said. A City of South Miami officer tried to pull the driver over at a stoplight after seeing him speeding on State Road 826 – instead, the driver tore off SW 72nd Street
Karina, Adalberto and Elenita were all pronounced dead at the scene after the Range Rover collided with their Kia, according to police reports.
CCTV footage of the intersection of Southwest 92nd Avenue and 72nd Street shows Tuesday morning’s devastating crash
“We are all heartbroken for a beautiful person, dedicated teacher to her children and families, and a sister in education that all staff loved,” CLC Director Emilu Alvarez said in a statement. “She leaves us as her legacy, her daughter, our Mrs. Betty.”
“She gave herself not only to her children, but also to her colleagues,” Alvarez told Local 10.
“She was there for everyone. We are all in mourning today. I ask for prayers for Betty. This was her life. Her mother, her grandmother and her father were in that car. Her whole life was in that car. Her mother was her inspiration.’
“She gave herself not only to her children, but also to her colleagues,” said CLC director Emilu Alvarez of Karina Diaz (pictured)
Karina, pictured with her husband Adalberto, daughter Betty and mother Elenita, had spent the past five years teaching toddlers at the Creative Learning Center in the Kendall area.
“My son was in class next door and we’re just heartbroken,” Mariana Hernandez said of Diaz (pictured). “She taught here for years. Her daughter also teaches here and we are just so, so sad for the family and for their loss, and we are devastated’
“Karina survived cancer, but that didn’t stop her from being here with her mask on all the time,” CLC Director Emilu Alvarez told Local 10. “Emi, do you want me to stay late? Emi, do you want me to come early?” She was a very devoted person’
The photo shows detectives laying markers at the site of the deadly crash later on Tuesday
At the CLC, Karina will be remembered for her dedication and unparalleled work ethic.
“Karina was a cancer patient, but that didn’t stop her from being here with her mask on all the time,” Alvarez told Local 10. “Emi, do you want me to stay late? Emi, do you want me to come early?” She was a very devoted person.”
The director knew something was wrong Tuesday morning when Karina failed to arrive at work — she was always on time, Alvarez said, and texted if she was late.
“The kids came into the classroom with Miss Karina and learned the basics of life,” Alvarez said. “Miss Karina accepted those children with every individuality, every difference, every uniqueness those children possessed.”
“My son was in the next class and we’re just heartbroken,” Mariana Hernandez said of Diaz. “She taught here for years. Her daughter also teaches here and we are so, so sad for the family and for their loss, and we are devastated.”
‘This is so terribly sad… May the three of them rest and peace, and may God take care of them -year-old daughter who is now facing this devastating situation,” Melissa Gonzalez, whose mother worked with Karina, wrote on Facebook.
“Three beautiful souls lose their lives at the hands of a negligent and careless driver.”
The 42 staff members said they will ensure Karina is sustained through her composite loss — what Karina wanted most in life, they told the outlet, was to see Betty succeed.
So far, the staff has raised $800 of a $20,000 goal on GoFundMe for Betty.