More details have been discovered about the driver who left a 27-year-old pregnant woman from Massachusetts dead in a poolside cabana at the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale.
The incident occurred March 18 when Rosa Maria Rivera, of Plantation, Florida, lost control of her car and crashed into the cabana, killing the seven months’ pregnant woman.
Rivera reported to a police officer that “she had an argument with her husband at a restaurant and sped off in her car just before the collision,” according to a search warrant reported by the Sun Sentinel.
The search warrant lists DUI manslaughter as a potential charge. Rivera said that the argument with her husband took place at Mangos Restaurant and Lounge on Las Olas Blvd., where she had ordered a martini, but didn’t finish it before leaving. They had been married for less than one month.
The car’s driver reportedly lost control, hit a curb, crossed a sidewalk and continued 20 feet into the cabana. At the time, the driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was reported to be in stable condition. A myriad of legal issues could come into play, from driver negligence causing catastrophic injuries to premises liability and resort tort litigation.
The victim of the fatal tragedy was a teaching assistant for a third-grade special education class in Massachusetts.