Driver who failed three sobriety tests after running over and killing seven-year-old girl blames tires and eyesight for fatal crash

  • Olivia Mora charged with vehicular homicide after crashing into schoolgirl
  • 36-year-old denied claims that she was drunk when she lost control of SUV

By Daily Mail Reporter

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Arrested: Olivia Mora is being held without bail on charges of vehicular homicide under the influence

Arrested: Olivia Mora is being held without bail on charges of vehicular homicide under the influence

A Massachusetts driver is being held without bail after being charged with running over and killing a seven-year-old girl on Tuesday while allegedly driving under the influence.

Olivia Mora has been charged with motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence, after hitting Brianna Rosales and her mother Glendalee Alvardao in Dorchester.

The seven-year-old had been walking home from school when Mora's Chevy Tahoe allegedly mounted the curb and ran into the girl and her mother at about 2.15pm.

Boston Police Superintendent in Chief Daniel Linskey said Mora's SUV was speeding just before the crash, and that it hit a car, the victims and a hydrant before coming to a stop in a front yard.

Brianna and her mother were rushed to hospital but the seven-year-old died. Her mother has had surgery for her injuries, WCVB reported.

'The mother's leg was so mangled -  I was trying to help the mom. She was unconscious at first,' a witness said. 'And the little girl was laying there - flat in the dirt, bleeding.'

Another witness said Mora allegedly tried to leave the scene of the accident, but was stopped by passers by who pulled her from the vehicle.

 

Nicole Macfarland, who saw the crash, said: 'You could see [Brianna] try to lift her head. She was fighting to get her breath. She fought a little more, but after a while she just stopped.'

Mora later failed three sobriety tests and refused a Breathalyzer test, authorities told the Boston Globe.

She allegedly told police she had her last drink at 10pm the night before the crash.

Devastating: Brianna with her mother Glendalee Alvarado, who was injured in the crash that killed her daughter

Devastating: Brianna with her mother Glendalee Alvarado, who was injured in the crash that killed her daughter

Crime scene: Crash investigators examine the sidewalk where Mora's SUV, left, hit Brianna

Crime scene: Crash investigators examine the sidewalk where Mora's SUV, left, hit Brianna

The 36-year-old driver has several motoring offenses, including speeding and lane violations, improper passing and seatbelt violations, according to WCVB.

Mora also had several suspensions for using a vehicle in Massachusetts because of a payment default, according to RMV records seen by the news station.

When she appeared in court on Wednesday morning, Mora's lawyer claimed she had eye problems that affected her depth perception.

She also told police her SUV had 'terrible tires' which had caused her to lose control of the car, Assistant District Attorney Masai King said.

Tragic loss: Brianna Rosales, left, was walking home from school when she was hit by a SUV

Tragic loss: Brianna Rosales, left, was walking home from school when she was hit by a SUV

Tributes: Toys and flowers were left at the scene of the crash

Tributes: Toys and flowers were left at the scene of the crash

Mora pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and has been denied bail.

At the scene of the crash, cuddly toys and notes have been piled up in the rain as parents try to explain to Brianna's young classmates what happened.

A statement from Jeichael Henderson, the principal of Holland School where Brianna was a pupil, said: 'It is with great sadness that I must let you know that late this afternoon just a few blocks from school, one of our young students was struck by a car and she later passed away.'



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Her excuses are very, very weak. Anything to stay out of jail.

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She seems nice. </sarcasm>

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Is that really the way you spell TYRES in the USA---TIRES?Just interested.

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Eyesight? She can't see not drinking!

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SHE looks like the bride of FRANKENSTEIN !!!!!!

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All the piercings she has on her face tell me everything I need to know about this vile creature.

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The driver looks like she has some serious anger issues.

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Typical drug and booze head. Blaming everybody else, blaming your own car tires. Lock her up, she will kill again.

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If she had eyesight problems then she knew she shouldn't be driving. If the tyres were bad, it's her fault. So even if her defence is true, she's still guilty. Oh, plus she was drunk as a skunk.

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Drunk or bad eyesight,she should never have been behind the wheel of a car.Hope she gets a very long prison sentence,thoughts go out to the family of the little girl.

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