Katie Evans visited her 8-week-old twin girls everyday in the hospital since they were born prematurely in August, but on Oct. 6th a suspected drunk driver made sure that will never happen again.
Alexia Cina, 21, has been charged with "one felony count each of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury," according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Cina's vehicle reportedly crossed the median and crashed head-on into Evan's automobile. The 37-year-old Evans was pronounced deceased by Los Angeles County Fire Department staff who responded to the incident, according to Heavy.com.
On top of her twin girls, Evans also leaves behind four other young children and her husband, Jacob.
Natalie Mortensen was Evan's sister-in-law and she set up a YouCaring fundraising page to help Jacob with childcare costs and other expenses. More than $300,000 has reportedly been donated to the fund so far, but the goal is to collect $500,000 to help Jacob and his family. Jacob originally thought he would have to move his children so they could be closer to relatives. However, these donations have allowed Jacob to explore his options in Southern California so his kids can stay close to their friends and neighbors, according to the official YouCaring fundraising page.
CBS 8 San Diego reports that police found open alcohol containers in Cina's vehicle and that she was driving with a blood alcohol content of .21, which is nearly three times the legal limit of .08.
Cina's bail has been set at $2.1 million.
She could face up to 18 years in state prison if convicted as charged.