Before her car mowed down three teenage soccer players, a South Florida stripper had been cited for 42 traffic infractions since 2008, a troubling history that also included at least seven previous crashes, records show.
Investigators say Mariam Coulibaly — driving with a suspended license — plowed her car at high speed into a sidewalk near a North Miami bus stop early Saturday, killing the three teens and sending her to Aventura Hospital with a shattered hip and other injuries.
“I’m very much depressed about everything going on,” Coulibaly, 31, told the Miami Herald on Tuesday morning from her intensive care bed. “I came from a blackout. When I woke up I didn’t even know that I hurt people".
Coulibaly was arrested late Tuesday on charges of DUI manslaughter after initial toxicology tests showed she was driving drunk, sources told the Herald. She was placed under police guard at the hospital, and will be booked into a jail when she is well enough to be discharged.
The horrific crash killed Gedeon Desir, 13, Lens Desir, 15, and Richecarde Dumay, 17, all members of Little Haiti Football Club, a local soccer team for at-risk, low-income youth. Their deaths devastated their families and North Miami’s tight-knit Haitian American community.
Lots more info at the link, her long history of traffic violations including 7 previous crashes. Quote from her brother-in-law: "She’s a good woman. It’s not like she’s a troublemaker. This is just an unfortunate accident. She’s not even the type of girl to be out late. She’s not reckless.” Mmmm-hmm.
Mariam Coulibaly, the South Florida stripper suspected of killing three soccer players in a drunk-driving crash, has been involved in at least seven crashes over the years and had been cited for traffic citations 42 times.