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Teacher, her husband and mother all killed when ‘drunk’ Range Rover driver crashes into their car

A preschool teacher, her mother and her husband were all killed by a suspected drunk driver on Tuesday who was fleeing cops in a high speed police chase.

Karina Diaz and her husband Adalberto were driving her mother, Elenita, to a dialysis center at 6am, according to News 7 Miami, when the allegedly intoxicated driver of a white Range Rover slammed into their Kia as they crossed the intersection of Southwest 92nd Avenue and 72nd Street.

Karina, Adalberto and Elenita were all pronounced dead at the scene, according to police reports.  

The driver of the Ranger Rover was evading an officer who was trying to pull him over, the report said. A City of South Miami officer tried to pull the driver over at a stop light for speeding on State Road 826 – instead, the driver peeled down SW 72nd Street. 

Police did not identify the identity of the driver, and did not respond to MailOnline’s requests for further information at press time. After the crash, police said, he was taken to Kendall Regional Trauma Center where he underwent surgery. 

Karina, Local 10 reported, had taught toddlers at the Creative Learning Center in the Kendall area for the past five years. She leaves behind her 20-year-old daughter Betty, who is a teacher’s assistant at the center. 

Karina Diaz and her husband Adalberto were driving her mother, Elenita (all pictured together) when they were hit and killed by the alleged drunk driver 

The driver of the Ranger Rover was evading an officer who was trying to pull him over, the report said. A City of South Miami officer tried to pull the driver over at a stop light after seeing him speeding on State Road 826 - instead, the driver peeled down SW 72nd Street

The driver of the Ranger Rover was evading an officer who was trying to pull him over, the report said. A City of South Miami officer tried to pull the driver over at a stop light after seeing him speeding on State Road 826 – instead, the driver peeled down SW 72nd Street

Karina, Adalberto and Elenita were all pronounced dead at the scene after the Range Rover slammed into their Kia according to police reports

Karina, Adalberto and Elenita were all pronounced dead at the scene after the Range Rover slammed into their Kia according to police reports

CCTV footage from the intersection of Southwest 92nd Avenue and 72nd Street shows the Tuesday morning's devastating crash

CCTV footage from the intersection of Southwest 92nd Avenue and 72nd Street shows the Tuesday morning’s devastating crash

‘We are all devastated a beautiful person, dedicated teacher to her children and families, and a sister in education that was loved by all staff,’ wrote CLC Director Emilu Alvarez in a statement. ‘She leaves us as her legacy, her daughter, our Ms. Betty.’

‘She not only gave herself to her children, but she gave herself to her coworkers also,’ Alvarez said to Local 10. 

‘She was there for everyone. We are all in mourning today. I ask for prayers for Betty. This was her life. Her mom, her grandmother and her father were in that car. Her whole life was in that car. Her mother was her inspiration.’ 

'She not only gave herself to her children, but she gave herself to her coworkers also,' CLC Director Emilu Alvarez said of Karina Diaz (pictured)

‘She not only gave herself to her children, but she gave herself to her coworkers also,’ CLC Director Emilu Alvarez said of Karina Diaz (pictured) 

Karina, pictured with her husband Adalberto, daughter Betty and mother Elenita, had taught toddlers at the Creative Learning Center in the Kendall area for the past five years

Karina, pictured with her husband Adalberto, daughter Betty and mother Elenita, had taught toddlers at the Creative Learning Center in the Kendall area for the past five years

'My son was in the classroom next door and we’re just broken-hearted,' Mariana Hernandez said about Diaz (pictured). 'She had been teaching here for years. Her daughter teaches here too and we are just so, so sad for the family and for their loss, and we’re just devastated'

‘My son was in the classroom next door and we’re just broken-hearted,’ Mariana Hernandez said about Diaz (pictured). ‘She had been teaching here for years. Her daughter teaches here too and we are just so, so sad for the family and for their loss, and we’re just devastated’

'Karina was a cancer survivor, but that did not stop her from being here through the pandemic with her mask on through the whole time,' said CLC Director Emilu Alvarez to Local 10. '"Emi, do you need me to stay late? Emi, do you need me to come early?" She was a very dedicated person'

‘Karina was a cancer survivor, but that did not stop her from being here through the pandemic with her mask on through the whole time,’ said CLC Director Emilu Alvarez to Local 10. ‘”Emi, do you need me to stay late? Emi, do you need me to come early?” She was a very dedicated person’

Detectives are pictured laying out evidence markers at the scene of the deadly crash later on Tuesday

Detectives are pictured laying out evidence markers at the scene of the deadly crash later on Tuesday

At the CLC, Karina will be remembered for her dedication and unmatched work ethic. 

‘Karina was a cancer survivor, but that did not stop her from being here through the pandemic with her mask on through the whole time,’ said Alvarez to Local 10. ‘”Emi, do you need me to stay late? Emi, do you need me to come early?” She was a very dedicated person.’ 

The director knew something was amiss on Tuesday morning when Karina did not arrive at work – she was always on time, Alvarez said, and would send a text whenever she was running late.    

‘The children came into the classroom with Miss Karina and they learned the foundations of life,’ Alvarez said. ‘Miss Karina accepted those children with every individuality, every difference, every uniqueness that those children possessed.’

 ‘My son was in the classroom next door and we’re just broken-hearted,’ Mariana Hernandez said about Diaz. ‘She had been teaching here for years. Her daughter teaches here too and we are just so, so sad for the family and for their loss, and we’re just devastated.’

‘This is so terribly sad…May the three of them rest and peace, and may God look after their [20]-year-old daughter who is now facing this devastating situation,’ wrote Melissa Gonzalez, whose mother worked with Karina, on Facebook. 

‘Three beautiful souls lose their life at the hands of a negligent and careless driver.’

The 42 staff members said they will ensure that Karina’s is supported through her compounded loss – what Karina wanted most in life, they told the outlet, was to see Betty succeed. 

Thus far, the staff has raised $800 of a $20,000 goal on GoFundMe for Betty.


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