Corina Gonzalez, Driver Who Struck Teen Jogger in Coconut Grove, Charged With DUI

Categories: Crime, Road Rage
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Eighteen-year-old Brian Beaubern, a high school athlete, is at Jackson Memorial Hospital fighting for his life as he recovers from severe injuries. Corina Gonzalez, 32, is sitting behind bars in a Miami jail facing charges of DUI with bodily injuries. The pair's worlds collided Saturday night in Coconut Grove when an allegedly drunk Gonzalez drove her vehicle into Beaubern and sent him flying.

Beaubern was out for a late-night jog in the wee hours of Sunday near the area of West Trade Avenue and Virginia Street when Gonzalez was driving, allegedly impaired, through the area.

Her Jeep veered off the road and collided with a parked car, but instead of stopping, it kept going and ended up hitting the teen. The collision threw Beaubern into the air. A nearby resident, who had just moved to Miami, didn't see the crash but rushed to the scene after hearing the collision.

"I heard this most horrific noise, so I flew out of bed, and I looked out, freaked out," Renee Sherman told WSVN. "It's like, 'Toto, you're not in Kansas anymore.' I saw nothing; I heard something horrible. Somebody was hit, and they're in the middle of the street."

Gonzalez would not talk to any other citizens who arrived on the scene, but she tried to phone someone after the accident.

A police report says Gonzalez's breath reeked of alcohol and that she appeared to be impaired. She failed a sobriety test but refused to take a breathalyzer.

Beaubern is in the hospital and listed in very serious condition.

[WSVN: Driver arrested, accused of striking teen while intoxicated]
[NBC Miami: Woman Facing DUI Charges After Hitting Jogger]

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7 comments
Qu
Qu

It is really sad!!

giulligan
giulligan

right now the important thing is that Brian recovers from this terrible accident. let's all pray for him

JCres621
JCres621

Brian is one of my students. If you people knew what this young man has already had to struggle through just to have been out jogging this weekend, you'd understand the tragedy of this event. I'm heartbroken to know that he's at death's door because some selfish person didn't want to inconvenience themselves with waiting for a cab and having to retrieve their vehicle the next day.

Let's stop DUI now!
Let's stop DUI now!

Sorbriety check points should be permanent installations for patrons that leave the grove Friday and Saturday nights, everyone should blow into a breathalyzer before driving out into the expressway. What if this woman made it to I-95 at 60-70mph? It's cool to drink and to get drunk too, but not cool to drive while impaired and send a innocent man to the hospital. Ten years ago, I used to live in front of Monty's and one such night a patron ad left the restaurant's parking lot, made it pass the SBS Building and simply drove into the bushes. He managed to open the door and then passed out in the driver's seat. I took my dog on a late night walk and stumbled upon the scene. Well I called the cops and they really took care of him! This happens more than we know people!

Likmia
Likmia

so sad, people get a designated driver or take a CAB!! Costs A LOT LESS than death....

nevernot
nevernot

Be sure to thank MADD for lobbying to allow 4 time convicted DUI offenders to get their licenses back. The law passed and MADD was publicly thanked for their support of the bill.

sense
sense

So you want pemanent sobriety checkpoints, because you THINK this is going to stop DUI from happening?

Oh, I know, let's also bar people with a DUI on record from ever buying a car again! We can force car manufacturers to install breathalyzers on every car! Create a law that forces joggers to wear strings of christmas lights and bicycle reflectors around their bodies at night!

Look, all I'm saying is your idea is a little crazy. You can't just get sent off the deep end regarding policy because of a terrible accident. We have many reasonable plans and campaigns in implementation that prevent a lot of accidents like this from happening.

Suggesting that a county with a last call of 5am and districts that serve alcohol 24-hours must dedicate an impossible amount of police resources to staffing permanent checkpoints is reactionary. Encouraging people not to drive with special programs or a better transit system is a more reasonable idea. Raising awareness of the consequences of some decisions is important too.

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