Woman arrested in fatal Fla. crash

The woman accused of crashing her car into a poolside cabana in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and killing a Medford woman and her unborn child had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit, police said.

According to police, Rosa Rivera Kim was speeding in March when her car jumped a curb, crossed a sidewalk, and crashed through the side of the cabana, pinning Alanna DeMella inside.

DeMella, who was 26 and seven months pregnant, died at the scene, as did her unborn son, Joshua Edward. Her husband, Michael DeMella, survived with scrapes and bruises.


Kim, who suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, was arrested Wednesday on two counts of driving under the influence manslaughter and one count of DUI property damage.

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“Michael is not . . . filled with anger or vengeance or things like that,’’ said Michael Davis, lead pastor of GENESIS, the Woburn church the couple attended. “But he was excited to see that justice is being done. It’s certainly a piece on the road to healing.’’

The crash happened on a Sunday afternoon, less than two hours after the couple checked into the Riverside Hotel, a ritzy inn along Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard. They had been in Florida attending a Christian marriage conference, a gift from their church and a last hurrah before the birth of their son.

Kim, 34, of Plantation, Fla., and her husband were having lunch nearby at Mangos Restaurant and Lounge, where police said she ordered a drink during the meal, which was cut short when the couple got into an argument. Then she climbed behind the wheel of her silver 2006 Audi and sped west on Southeast Fourth Street “in excess of the posted speed limit of 25’’ miles per hour, the arrest report said.

She made it several blocks before crashing into the cabana, where the DeMellas were using the restroom and changing area. “At the time of the incident, Kim’s blood-alcohol level was [0.24 percent], three times over the legal limit,’’ Detective DeAnna Garcia of the Fort Lauderdale police said in a press release.


Kim was being held in the Broward County Main Jail Wednesday on $20,000 bond.

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