Elderly couple speaks out on crash involving drunk driver in Miami

MIAMI (WSVN) - An elderly couple is speaking out about a car crash in Miami that left them with broken bones and bad bruises.

Officials said a drunk driver smashed into their car, and the person who made the dangerous decision has now been arrested.

The crash happened at the intersection of Northwest 37th Avenue and 36th Street last Thursday night.

According to police, 35-year-old Gabriel Pina was behind the wheel of a Lamborghini and speeding when he slammed into two other cars.

Jesus Villaroel, 78, was driving one of those cars, taking his wife to work.

“It was God that saved me and my wife from this catastrophic accident,” Jesus Villaroel said through a translator.

“This case is obviously a very serious case. We always remember that driving while intoxicated is completely unacceptable, driving while intoxicated can ruin people’s lives,” said Ward Law Group attorney Greg Ward.

Villaroel and his wife hired an attorney to learn more about where the driver was coming from that night and if he was overserved.

Police said a speeding Lamborghini hit one car, then slammed into another head on.

The driver of the Lambo, Pina, was taken by his friends to the hospital, where police would meet him.

The officer stated in the arrest report that he “immediately smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath” and “his eyes were watery and very bloodshot. ”

Pina’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit at .194.

According to the arrest report, Pina told officers he had been at The Booby Trap strip club on South River Drive, but that he wasn’t the driver.

But police said surveillance video from the club shows him getting behind the wheel of the car.

He’s facing several charges, including DUI with serious bodily injury.

As for Villarroel, he suffered cuts to his eye and fractures in his face and sternum.

“Our clients are lucky to be alive after this terrible tragedy,” said attorney Jany Martinez-Ward.

Attorneys for the couple hired their own investigators to learn more about what led up to the crash.

“It’s possible he was coming from an establishment that served alcohol. If that’s the case, that establishment may be responsible for these damages as well by irresponsibly serving alcohol to someone who was already intoxicated,” said Gary Ward of Ward Law.

According to a manager of The Booby Trap 7News reached out to, he said it was his first day on the job, and he was not prepared to offer any comment.

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