Driver in Crash That Killed 2 Kids Charged With Manslaughter: Police

Children ages 11, 8 killed in crash, 4-year-old sibling survives

A man identified by Denton police as the driver who slammed into a minivan and killed two children in February has been arrested and charged with two counts of manslaughter.

Denton police said Luis Alberto Bonilla was speeding in his Ford F-350 pickup truck when he crashed into the back of a Nissan minivan stopped at a red light Feb. 6. The crash pushed the minivan through the intersection and into a sedan and a pickup truck stopped in the eastbound lanes.

Police said during their investigation of the crash witnesses reported Bonilla was driving his truck erratically and was seen weaving in and out of traffic, never attempting to stop or slow down. Witnesses said he was seen holding his cell phone immediately after the crash.

The crash killed an 11-year-old girl, identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner as Leslie De Luna, who was riding in the minivan's third-row seat. Her siblings, boys ages 8 and 4, were in the middle row and were transported to Children's Medical Center in Dallas in critical condition.

The 8-year-old boy died from his injuries, police said. The 4-year-old survived the crash but his current condition is not known.

A man and woman who were in the front seats of the minivan, along with Bonilla, were all treated for minor injuries at Denton Regional Medical Center and later released. The drivers and occupants in sedan and pickup were not injured.

Bonilla, who was arrested Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., is being held in the Denton City Jail on $25,000 bond for each manslaughter charge.

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