Steven Barnes: Driver in crash that killed a three year old intended to flee the country, police say
5:55 PM, Sep 30, 2013
10:09 PM, Sep 30, 2013
According to a newly released probable cause report, Steven Barnes had alcohol in his system after the crash that killed 3-year-old Priscilla Gaspar.
The report says Barnes' blood alcohol level was .066.
Investigators say Barnes told them he had diabetes and "blacked out."
According to an investigator: "I believed Barnes was under the influence of alcohol and possibly chemical substances."
The report says Barnes has had five failure to appear arrests, seven violations of probation, nine violations of driving while driver's license suspended, six DUI arrests, two arrests for fleeing law enforcement, two arrests for inhalation of a harmful substance, and two counts of contempt of court.
Barnes was arrested Friday, and made his first court appearance Saturday. According to the report, the sheriff's office received a tip that he was intending to flee and that he has family in Mexico.
"Even though he will pay in jail, I will never see my daughter and that is the most painful," Priscilla's mother Eulalia Gaspar said.
No one was answering the door at Barnes' Lake Worth home. Neighbors say he lives there with his father and another woman.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Barnes showed no emotion after the crash.
"I told him please help me. He was just standing there with his arms crossed looking at me," Gaspar said.