A woman who crashed her car while under the influence, killing a mother of six, has been charged. The mother was returning home from visiting her premature twins at the hospital.
On Oct. 18, Alexia Cina was arrested and charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and felony driving under the influence, causing injury. She was booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station jail with her bail set at $200,000.
Toxicology reports revealed the Canyon Country resident had a blood alcohol content of .21. The legal limit is .08.
Katie Evens was just a mile away from her Santa Clarita, California, home when she was killed, FOX 8 reported.
Cina reportedly hit a curb near Golden Valley Road and Valley Center Drive, lost control, side-swiped another car, crossed the median, and smashed into Evens’s vehicle.
“She sideswiped one car and then hit the other one head on,” Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Sgt. Dan Dantice told the Signal.
He said they found alcohol containers in the vehicle.
The driver of the third vehicle did not require an ambulance.
Evens leaves behind her husband, Jacob Evens, her four boys; Spencer, 12, Travis, 11, Nathaniel, 9, Gideon, 2; and their premature twin girls; Hanna and Sarah, almost 8 weeks old.
Directly after the crash, Cina was taken to an area hospital and then to the sheriff’s office where she was charged with driving under the influence and released pending further investigation.
“They wouldn’t have filed anything more than a DUI that night,” said Dantice.
According to a YouCaring page set up to help the bereaved dad with expenses, Evens couldn’t go a day without visiting her premature twins.
“She was a devoted mother, sister and wife and will be immensely missed,” the page states.
The donations page gathered over $160,000 by Monday, Oct. 9. When the page reached its $100,000 goal, people kept messaging the family to raise the limit so they could donate more.
“Jacob and family are incredibly grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support and love,” the family wrote in an update.
Jacob, the husband, Evens’s parents, and her sister, Stephanie, visited the premature twins at the neonatal intensive care unit after the crash.
“We want to share with you some good news,” the family wrote on YouCaring. “The twins are doing surprisingly well. Both Sarah and Hannah have doubled their birth weight and doctors are planning for them to come home in four to six weeks.”