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Husband of deadly DUI crash victim speaks exclusively to KGUN9

DUI crash victim's husband speaks to KGUN9
Posted at 10:52 PM, Dec 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 01:48:21-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — "She took my love away from me, she took her away from me," said Robert Alvarez, the husband of Beatriz Alvarez, says he had anger for the woman accused of killing his wife.

"I was mad and I hated her but in time she's always forgiven," Robert said.

"It didn't have to happen like that, that girl shouldn't never been on the road to begin with."

That girl was 26-year-old Gabriela Aragon.

Police say she sped through a red light at East Ajo Way and Forgeus Avenue and struck Beatriz last Sunday.

Robert says his late wife was waiting for a ride from a nearby hospital.

"I talked to her and she told me she didn't want to wait so she hung up and I called five minutes later and she wouldn't answer and I text her she wouldn't answer."

Robert says he guessed she was angry at him for not going to an appointment she had at the hospital, he'd joined her for two previous visits.

"So I decided to go walking, looking for her," Robert said.

In a terrible irony for Alvarez, he says he actually passed the scene of the accident on his walk to reunite with Beatriz.

"I didn't think anything of it, just saw the lights and when I got to the accident I just saw two cars there," Robert said.

"I didn't think about it, I was still looking for her around the area."

Robert said a detective would later confirm his wife was killed in that very accident, just three days before Christmas.

"There's no more Christmas...it just hurts so much to think about it."

The couple were together 25 years, married for the last 15.

Beatriz is survived by three children and several grandchildren, she was 59 years old.

Tucson police have charged Gabriela Aragon with second degree murder among other charges.

She is currently sitting in a cell at Pima County Jail on a $200,000 cash bond.