Mom faces charges for crash that killed her child

OKEECHOBEE — A woman was finally found and arrested Monday, Feb. 8, for allegedly causing a 2014 single vehicle accident that claimed the life of her 5-year-old child.

Enedina Magana-Ibarra, 33, was arrested on a felony warrant charging her with one felony count of driving without a license causing death or serious injury and one felony count of vehicular homicide.

Enedin Magana-Ibarra

Enedina Magana-Ibarra

She is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $53,000.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol trooper’s arrest report the crash occurred shortly after 5 p.m. on Dec. 23, 2014, about 12 miles north of Okeechobee. The vehicle driven by Magana-Ibarra was northbound on N.E. 48th Avenue when she went off the roadway; drove through a ditch; struck a fence; hit the bottom of a tree; then, overturned.

The child, Paulina Guadalupe Lemus Magana, was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. She was pronounced dead there at 6:42 p.m.

According to the report by Trooper Corporal G.L. Shuman, Magana-Ibarra was taken to Raulerson Hospital. A blood draw done at the hospital indicated she had a blood alcohol level of .089, just barely over the legal limit of .08.
Cpl. Shuman stated in his report that Magana-Ibarra’s “… recklessness, speeding and failing to maintain control …” of her vehicle caused the death of her daughter.

In paperwork filed with the court, Cpl. Shuman stated the child was not wearing a seat belt and she was not in a child seat. But, that’s reportedly not what Magana-Ibarra told the trooper.

“She stated that both she and her daughter were wearing their seat belts,” stated Cpl. Shuman in his report.

The woman allegedly told the trooper she was traveling at a speed of 55 to 60 mph when the crash occurred. However, by using a “critical speed formula” the trooper was able to determine she was traveling at a speed of 84 to 91 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Cpl. Shuman also pointed out that he found six unopened beer cans in the vehicle, but the woman apparently told him the beer was not hers.

“She also stated that she had one Modelo beer around 4 p.m. that day. She stated she also had taken prescription medication for a tooth she had removed and also for depression,” stated the trooper.

On April 13, 2015, Cpl. Shuman stated he received a lab report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) indicating blood found on the driver’s door and the driver’s side airbag matched Magana-Ibarra’s DNA profile.

The woman was finally arrested by Deputy Jonathan Kemp, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO). Her arraignment has been set for March 10 at 10 a.m.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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