Repeat drunk driver rejects plea in intoxication manslaughter case

A 40-year-old Alamo resident with a history of driving intoxicated rejected a plea deal in the case where he is accused of driving drunk and killing 47-year-old Cristina Bruno last year.

Ignacio Navarro Jr. is now scheduled for trial next April, court records show.

Navarro is charged with murder, intoxication manslaughter, three counts of intoxication assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury, accident involving death and accident involving serious bodily injury.

The Mercedes Police Department arrested the man on May 11, 2018, about a day after authorities say he slammed a large carrier truck into the back of Bruno’s sports utility vehicle, causing the woman to be ejected.

The woman’s daughter and three grandchildren, who sustained serious injuries, were in the vehicle at the time of the crash, which happened near the intersection of Texas Avenue and West Frontage Road, according to previous reports.

The charges in the indictment against Navarro are enhanced because of previous driving while intoxicated and robbery convictions.

Court records in Hidalgo County show three convictions for driving while intoxicated in 2002, 2007 and 2009. He was convicted for robbery in 2010.

He remains jailed on a total of $900,000 in bonds.