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Family of woman killed in drunk driving accident speaks exclusively to FOX 8

Family photo of Romishe Mejia-Fequier Family photo of Romishe Mejia-Fequier

New Orleans, La. - Doctors have released the woman accused of killing three people in a drunk driving crash last month from the hospital. Now, Jennifer Englade sits in jail in St. Charles Parish.

For the first time, the family of one of the victims has spoken exclusively to FOX 8 about the case, and what they hope for the future.

Two and a half weeks after a crash that took the life of 23-year-old Romishe Mejia-Fequier, the pain is still almost unbearable for her family.

Mejia's cousin Sandy Reyes says, "We're just gathered together every day, we pray. We just have each other for comfort but it's very hard."

Mejia leaves behind a three-month-old baby girl, whose grandmother calls her a spitting image of her mother.

State police say 40-year-old Jennifer Englade drove drunk on Airline Highway in St. Charles Parish on May 26 and crashed into Mejia's car, killing her and a 20-year-old pregnant woman from Bridge City. The accident also claimed the life of one of Englade's passengers, a 29-year-old man, and seriously injured a 20-year-old man from Harvey.

Englade was on probation from a DWI conviction last year at the time of the accident and had two other DWI convictions dating back more than 10 years.

"I don't even understand why she had a valid driver's license, being that she had a long history of DUI's," Reyes said.

Louisiana law basically erases DWI's from a person's record if 10 years have passed, and they don't receive any arrests or convictions -- meaning Englade's arrest last year was treated as a first offense. She was ordered to go to treatment, but never completed it.

FOX 8 legal analyst Joseph Raspanti explains, "She failed in her probation and they were coming back to revoke her on the probation. But before they could get her into court for that, this occurred."

Englade now faces three counts of vehicular homicide and one count of feticide, among other charges. Her bond hearing is scheduled to take place Wednesday.

"These are serious charges. There's a lot of hoopla about this so I would expect a hefty bond on this lady," Raspanti said.

Through an interpreter, Mejia's father says he hopes Englade will be kept behind bars and held accountable for the accident that took away his precious daughter. The interpreter explained, "The moment that he entered the country they believed, and he still believes, there is justice and he wants that to happen. He wants justice to be served."

The 20-year-old man who survived the crash was only recently released from the hospital. He has extensive injuries and cannot walk.

An account has been set up at Chase bank to benefit the young man and the two other female victims and their families. The account is called United Dominicans and donations can be made at any Chase branch.

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