The day began with a party. Judith Ramirez, 39, had a few beers before leaving with her daughter, son, and a family friend. She stopped on the way home at a convenience store to buy more beer. Five minutes later, she crashed. Her seventeen-year-old daughter, Victoria Castro-Ramirez, did not survive. Her 4-year-old son Jose, ended up with a broken arm, while the family friend suffered facial cuts, reports the Ventura County Star.
There are many reasons why this accident should not have happened. Setting aside personal responsibility and the responsibility to protect one's kids, signs of Ramirez's escalating alcohol issues were obvious. She was convicted of a DUI in 2004. She was arrested again for driving under the influence in 2007, though she never showed up to court. Her license was suspended at the time of the crash in 2010.