GALVESTON COUNTY – It’s been a month since a golf cart wreck on Galveston Island killed four people, including two children, when an accused drunken driver abandoned their golf cart.
“Heartbroken. I lost my son, my mother-in-law and my nephew. I think about the fun times I had with them,” said Jocelyn Lara.
After losing four relatives, including her 4-year-old son Kaisin Bentancur, daughter-in-law Felipe Bentancur, 14-year-old nephew Brelin Cantu and the boy’s cousin Destiny Uvale, Lara said she was desperate. Sometimes he was kidnapped.
“We’ve all lost something,” Lara said.
She added that grief doesn’t end suddenly after a certain period of time.
“It’s a lot to handle,” Lara said.
Miguel Espinoza, 45, is accused of running a stop sign and crashing into the golf cart he was riding in.
On the night of the crash, investigators said Espinoza had bloodshot eyes and his breath smelled like alcohol.
“Drunk driving needs to stop,” Lara said.
Court documents show Espinoza started drinking with friends at Flot’s around 2:30 p.m., about nine hours before the incident.
The family’s attorney, who has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit, has been instrumental in tracking down Españiza’s whereabouts on the day of the fatal crash.
James Amaro said: “If you see Mr. Espinoza and his associates drinking or if you see and know information please share it.”
As horrible as it is, Lara says tragedy has a way of bringing families together.
“Taking it day by day, all we can do is do and pray. We just have to have peace,” Lara said.
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