Man convicted in deadly crash back in jail

August 30, 2013 4:13:34 PM PDT
A young man convicted in a crash that killed a mother and her two children is in trouble again, accused of more dangerous behavior behind the wheel.

Christopher Yovino never went to prison for that crash that happened three years ago.

There was outrage at the time when he and another young man received only probation, but that could change with Yovino's recent run-in with the law.

Relatives of the victims killed say they looked at pictures of their loved ones daily and they're hoping justice has a different outcome this time.

It's been almost three years since Jose Nuno lost his daughter-in-law, grandson and granddaughter. He says it seems like yesterday.

The family was never happy with the probation given to the defendants convicted each on three counts of manslaughter in the racing case that wiped out part of their family.

Mayra, Christopher, and Sophia were killed on North Gessner near Brookriver when their minivan was struck by an SUV.

Prosecutors say one of the defendants, 20-year-old Yovino, is now in the Harris County Jail, accused of violating his probation. Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constables say on July 5, he was pulled over for speeding and cited for a DUI minor.

"The case he was convicted of was a racing case. The speeds in that case were upwards to 90 miles per hour in a 40-miles per hour zone," Harris County Assistant District Attorney Alison Baimbridge said. "Now we're looking at him being stopped for speeding almost at 90 in a 50-miles per hour zone so that by itself causes a great deal of concern for us."

Ten-year-old Sebastian and four-year-old Leonardo are living life without a mother. The family says they hope justice will work the way it should.

A judge says Yovino must stay behind bars until the end of September. There will a hearing at that time. The judge will have several options: keep the probation, amend it or send Yovino to prison for 2-8 years for each of the original three counts.

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