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Texting Under the Influence

While bar-hopping in Miami, Fla., Mila Dago sent more than 60 text messages to her boyfriend, DJ, breaking up with him. “Have a nice life idiot ... I’m tired of having to put you with your short temper and unreasonable attitude,” Dago told him. “I’m done you ruined me ... you’ll be the death of me.” Later, she sent, “Driving drunk woo ... Ill be dead thanks to you.” Then, finally, “Lata”. Three minutes after sending the last message, at 4:44 a.m., police say Dago ran a red light and crashed into a pickup truck. She’s not dead — not even injured — but her friend Irina Reinoso, 22, who was riding with her, was killed, and the driver of the pickup she hit was knocked unconscious. Two hours after the crash, Dago’s blood alcohol level was measured at .178 percent. Dago’s text messages were introduced as evidence in her upcoming trial, where the 24-year-old will face charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and two counts of DUI with damage to a person. She has pleaded not guilty. (RC/Miami Herald) ...DJ is a lucky man — as long as Dago doesn’t have a cell phone in prison.
Original Publication Date: 10 May 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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