People across Marion County, Florida, are mourning the loss of a 71-year-old man and his two grandchildren who were killed in a crash caused by a drunk driver.

Authorities said Emilio Nunez, 71, of Summerfield, was driving his two granddaughters, 9-year-old Neveah Nunez and 7-year-ola Katalaya Nunez home from an elementary school when they were struck and killed by the intoxicated driver on Thursday, Nov. 7, WESH 2 News reported.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the incident happened at County Road 484 at County Road 467. The report said Nunez was driving through the intersection and 48-year-old Stephen Lynn, of Ocala, went through a red light as Nunez was going through a green.

The collision caused the 71-year-old’s car to overturn and flip into a ditch, until it finally landed on its roof.

According to Fox 32 Chicago, a sign in front of Belleview-Santos Elementary School, where the two girls studied, has been changed to a tribute for the Nunez family.

Spokesman for the Marion County School district Kevin Christian said that the girls were very compassionate to their classmates and to other people around them.

“Just always had a smile on their faces, every day,” he said.

Lynn was being held in Marion County Jail on Friday. He was charged with three counts of DUI manslaughter, DUI property damage, and DUI.

He has a suspended license. He’d previously been charged with driving with a suspended license at least three other times.

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