Family Holds Vigil For Woman Killed In Suspected Drunk Driving Crash

LOS ANGELES ( — A teenager who survived a crash that killed her sister and a friend is warning others about the horrible dangers of drunk driving.

Through a fractured jaw, 18-year-old Catherine Munoz shared a cautionary tale with KCAL9’s Crystal Cruz.

The teenager is recovering from a car crash in Claremont last weekend that killed her 19-year-old sister, Joanna Munoz, and their friend, 20-year-old Monique Magana.

“Don’t drink and drive – it’s not worth it. Don’t. It’s not worth it ’cause you never know what’s going to happen,” Munoz said.

According to the Claremont Courier, the 21-year-old woman who was driving the car was arrested for gross vehicular manslaughter, suspected of being under the influence of alcohol.

“I’m mad at myself because we’re the ones that let her drive,” Munoz said.

A huge gathering of people showed up Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil.

Munoz’s parents, Lisa and Raul, said they aren’t angry with the driver of the car their daughters were in. Instead, they hope her story will prevent others from drinking and driving.

“Hopefully this is a lesson for other parents and children, kids – stop and think,” mother Lisa Winters said.

Their surviving daughter is meanwhile missing her big sister.

“I can’t ask her for advice in college or anything. I can’t ask her cause she’s not there,” she said.

Munoz said she has not spoken to her friend, the driver, since the accident, but insisted it’s not her fault.


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