Fort Lauderdale Police served a search warrant last month requesting blood samples from a driver involved in the deadly car crash that killed a pregnant woman.
Alanna Demella was seven-months pregnant and visiting Fort Lauderdale from Boston when police say a car driven by Rosa Rivera, of Plantation, slammed into the poolside cabana at the Riverside Hotel on March 18. Demella was killed. Demellas husband, Michael, was also in the cabana. He suffered minor injuries.
As workers continued to clean up and repair the cabana Monday, the search warrant shed light on Riveras actions in the moments leading up to the crash.
According to the warrant, Rivera told investigators she was at Mangos Restaurant on Las Olas Boulevard with her husband. She ordered a martini and appetizers. But Rivera said the couple got into an argument and Rivera told detectives she left before finishing her food and drink.
Rivera told police she spoke to her husband in the parking lot of the restaurant, then sped off. The warrant says an unnamed witness told investigators Rivera was traveling at a much greater speed than the 25 mile per hour speed limit on SE 4th Street.
A block and a half from the restaurant police say Rivera slammed into the cabana. Rivera told police she does not remember the crash.
The warrant says investigators want to know if Rivera was under the influence at the time of the crash.
The warrant does not reveal the results of the blood tests but an investigator writes, there is probable cause to believe that Rosa Rivera was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and/or controlled substance at the time of this crash.
Theres a twist people who live and work near the accident scene told CBS 4 News there used to be a stop sign on SE 4th Street half-a-block from the crash scene. There is also the faint markings where a line was painted in the road for vehicles to stop.
Valerie Pool has lived in the area for years. She said speeding has been a problem.
Its a perfect place for a stop sign, Pool told CBS 4s Carey Codd. We were so pleased that a stop sign came and that solved all the problems.
Pool believes that if the stop sign had been in place the crash may not have happened.
They would have had to stop, Pool said.
But Broward County transportation officials said the stop signs were not ordered by the county.
Ed Davis, Interim Director of the Traffic Engineering Division, said it appears an outside group put the signs up. Davis said the signs were removed after a traffic study was conducted in the area.
The signs are not warranted, he said.
Police continue to investigate the death of Demella and her child. No criminal charges have been filed.
The Demellas won a trip to South Florida through their church. They attended a marriage conference and decided to stay in Fort Lauderdale an extra day.
The couples pastor, Michael Davis, said the couple could barely wait to bring their son into the world.
If you asked her what she was most excited about in life, it was to be a mom and to experience that with Michael. Davis told WBZ in Boston. She was super excited to be a mom.
Davis said Michael told him he was powerless to help.
It was painful to see, Davis said. He couldnt get to his wife in time and she was gone.