Roberto and Teresa Leon were on a family outing to a drive-in movie with their two daughters, aged 9 and 10.
As WFAA reports, Roberto and Teresa stopped off on the side of the road to replace a tire. That’s when they were struck by 23-year-old Kaitlin Eagle, who was driving while intoxicated.
Teresa’s brother, 26-year-old Mickey Cabrera, said that they often went to the movies together:
“They would go there probably once a month. They would always go together. No matter what, they were always together. … We had already started making plans for Christmas and New Years — it’s like all those plans just went away.”
Cabrera said that he found out about the accident when his nieces called him.
“They said that mommy and daddy were on the floor, and weren’t moving. The doctor left me alone with my brother-in-law, and that’s when it hit me. You know, I see these people every weekend.”
The two girls were unscathed, as they were waiting in the car. But the couple died at the hospital.
Eagle was also hospitalized. A blood sample determined that she was three times over the legal limit.
Cabrera was saddened to hear that the woman who killed his family members was intoxicated. He said:
“When they told me she was drunk, I was angry. This girl took my nieces’ parents away, and they’re still little — they need their parents.”
Eagle was previously in a similar accident, and investigators are waiting for another blood sample of hers to be analyzed at a laboratory at the Texas Department of Public Safety.
She was charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle and is being held at the Ellis County Jail. Eagle’s bond is set at $1.5 million.
According to the GoFundMe page set up for the family, Teresa was a baby room coordinator at a preschool, and Roberto was a restauranteur.
Cabrera and other family members will now be caring for his late sister’s children.
Speaking about drunk drivers, Cabrera said:
“If they hit someone, they don’t know who they’re taking.”
You can watch the tragic WFAA report below.