A Florida woman charged with DUI manslaughter was found to have a long history of driving citations, according to records. Investigators say that Mariam Coulibaly was driving on a suspended license and has a history of 42 traffic infractions since 2008, a record which includes seven previous crashes. In 2015 alone, Coulibaly was involved in 4 separate car crashes, two of them involving hit-and-runs. The two hit-and-run crashes occurred within days of one another. Coulibaly’s traffic infraction history also includes running red lights and careless driving.
All of these infractions occurred before a tragic accident that left three teens from Little Haiti dead early Saturday morning, according to the Miami Herald.
At about 5:22 a.m. Saturday, 13-year-old Gedeon Desir, 15-year-old Lens Desir, and 17-year-old Richecarde Dumay were all walking to a bus stop to catch a bus to a soccer tournament in Weston. They were all members of the Little Haiti Football Club, a local soccer team for low-income, at-risk youth.
Mariam Coulibaly was driving at about 60 m.p.h. down Northeast 125th Street at 13th Avenue when she veered off the roadway and plowed over the teens. All three teens died from injuries sustained in the accident.
Investigators believe that prior to the accident, Coulibaly had been working at The Body, a North Miami strip club located on Biscayne Boulevard.
At the hospital, toxicologists tested Coulibaly’s blood, which was seized by police. The preliminary results say that Coulibaly was at over two times the legal limit 4 hours after the crash.
According to witnesses, they reported that Coulibaly smelled of alcohol and admitted to hospital staff that she had been partying prior to the accident.
Coulibaly is being treated for a shattered hip but has been placed under arrest. She has a guard at the hospital and will be taken into custody as soon as she is released from the hospital.