Bail set for Irving mother accused of killing two kids in car crash

Updated on April 1 at 4:10 p.m.: Bail has been set at $250,000 for Crystal Suniga, the Irving mother charged with intoxicated manslaughter in the death of two of her children.

Police have also learned that Suniga has a fifth child, but his whereabouts are unknown, said Irving police spokesman James McClellan.

Crystal Suniga, 30. Mugshot from arrest in 2013 for driving without a valid license. (Carrollton Police Department)

Original item March 31 at 7:17 p.m.: The Irving woman who crashed her SUV killing two of her children and injuring two others Saturday night admitted to drinking before driving, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Crystal Suniga, 30, lost control of her 2003 Honda Pilot about 8 p.m. and crashed into two vehicles parked in a driveway in the 1500 block of East Pioneer Drive, near Gilbert Elementary School. Police think she was driving between 60 and 90 mph in a neighborhood with a 30-mph speed limit.

Two of her children, Angel Reyes, 14, and Ricardo Hernandez, 10, were partially ejected and pinned under the SUV. They died at the scene.

Suniga told police she began drinking at 2 p.m. and had consumed five mojitos at her mother’s house, about a mile from the crash, the affidavit states.

Police said she smelled strongly of alcohol, was slurring her speech and had bloodshot eyes when they arrived. She admitted to being “buzzed” before leaving her mother’s house, the affidavit states.

She told officers, “I deserve to be punished,” according to police records.

Suniga, who was hospitalized with minor injuries from the airbag, was charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter, two counts of injury to a child and one count of intoxication assault. Her blood alcohol level was 0.18 — more than twice the legal limit, police said.

Neighbors helped pull her two other children from the SUV. Phoebee Mojica, 12, suffered minor cuts and scrapes. Her brother, Gabriel Navarez, 16, has a broken pelvis. Both children were yelling at their mother to slow down before the crash, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Police said all four children were wearing seat belts, but Suniga was not.