Woman’s unborn child dies after collision Sunday
Kenner — A Kenner man who had been arrested for driving while intoxicated eight times is now accused of killing an unborn child while driving drunk Sunday.
Bernal Lino Aguilar, 48, was arrested after he failed to yield at a stop sign at the intersection of Alabama Street and Vintage Drive on Sunday, according to Sgt. Brian McGregor, a spokesman for Kenner police. Aguilar was booked with operating a vehicle with a suspended license for DWI, third-degree feticide, vehicular negligent injuring, first-degree vehicular negligent injuring and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.
Police said that police were called out to the crash around 6:46 p.m. They found a witness who said Aguilar was driving the wrong way in the 3800 block of Chateau Boulevard. The witness followed Aguilar and watched him drive into the intersection after stopping at the stop sign.
Aguilar’s vehicle was struck on the side by a vehicle traveling on Vintage Drive, which had the right of way, McGregor said. Two women were in the vehicle, one of whom was seven months pregnant.
McGregor said that after the accident, the 18-year-old pregnant woman said she was having abdominal pain and was taken to a local hospital. Her unborn child later died, and the woman remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
Police determined from a breath test that Aguilar’s blood-alcohol content was nearly double the legal limit for drunken driving, McGregor said.
Aguilar had his license suspended in December 2011 after a previous DWI conviction, and he had another conviction in 2003. Aguilar also has pending charges for DWI and possession of a prescription drug without a prescription, McGregor said.
According to information provided by McGregor, Aguilar has DWI-related arrests dating back to 1992. He remains in custody, and no bond has been set.