Kenner, La. - A history of driving while intoxicated didn't keep him off the road. Now Kenner Police say a repeat offender has taken the life of an unborn child.
Police say 48-year-old Bernal Lino Aguilar is no stranger to drinking and driving.
"He's got a history dating back as far as 1992. He was convicted in 2006 for his third-offense DWI," said Sergeant Brian McGregor with the Kenner Police Department. "He had pending charges in 24th District Court for his fourth offense DWI."
The Kenner man now faces a fifth DWI charge, along with charges related to the death of an unborn child.
Police say Sunday night, a witness saw Aguilar's truck traveling the wrong way down a one-way street. Moments later it approached a busy intersection. According to police, the truck stopped at Alabama Avenue. Then it took off again, moving directly into the path of a car traveling through the intersection at Alabama and Vintage Drive. The truck crashed into the passenger side of the car.
Dennis Corales lives nearby and says he was among the first on the scene of the crash. He tells FOX 8 the car was destroyed. He says he was the one who helped the women out of the car after the crash. According to police, there was another good Samaritan who held Aguilar at the scene until police arrived.
The 18-year-old woman who was sitting in the passenger seat of the car was seven months pregnant. Her unborn child didn't survive; she remains in critical condition.
"I'd like to say to the family, stay strong." says Dwayne Curney.
Curney understands their loss. His two-year-old son was hit by a three-time DWI offender on September 17, 2004 in front of their home in Lacombe. Three days later, Dwayne Junior was removed from life support.
"To have to make that decision, to finish taking their life, nobody should have to go through that," Curney said. He's an outspoken advocate for more jail time and fewer suspended sentences for offenders like Bernal Aguilar.
According to Kenner Police, Aguilar's license was suspended through December 4, 2013. Even so, police say that suspension didn't keep him off the road. "We truly believe this is an individual that needs to be off the road and in jail," said Sergeant McGregor.
For now, Aguilar is in jail booked with another DWI, feticide and more.
According to Kenner police, Aguilar's blood alcohol content was nearly double the legal limit following Sunday's crash. Again, he remains in jail with no bond set.