GALVESTON, TX (KTRK) — Authorities identified the family members killed by a suspected drunk driver who crashed into a golf cart and truck in Galveston over the weekend.
Felipe Bentancur, 49, Destiny Uvalle, 25, Brailyn Cantu, 14, and Kaisyn Bentancur, 4, were riding in a golf cart when a black Hyundai SUV failed to stop at an intersection and struck them and a Dodge pickup truck traveling south drove on Saturday, police said.
Miguel Espinoza, 45, of Rosenberg, is charged with four counts of manslaughter for drunk driving and is being held on $400,000 bail.
Family members dropped balloons and stuffed animals at the scene on Sunday, telling ABC13 that a grandfather was driving the golf cart with his wife, her niece and three grandchildren.
The grandmother and one of the grandchildren survived and are fighting for their lives in the hospital.
Family members said they were from the Rosenberg area, and the grandparents often took their grandchildren and family members to Galveston to vacation and enjoy the beach.
During a news conference, Galveston Mayor Craig Brown said golf carts have become a productive mode of transportation for those who live on or visit the island. While he said the ordinances were passed about six months ago, the mayor said the city council will discuss additional safety measures to keep the community safe.
The family started GoFunMe to help pay for funeral arrangements.
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