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N.D. mom who pushed DUI bill, cited for DUI

BOTTINEAU, N.D. – The mother of two boys killed by a drunken driver last summer was cited for driving under the influence after rolling her car last weekend, just days after she and her husband stood behind Gov. Jack Dalrymple as he signed a bill strengthening the state’s impaired driving penalties.

Sandra P. Hernandez, 30, of Souris, wasn’t hurt in the rollover crash that happened at 9 a.m. Saturday about five miles north and two miles east of Newburg, said Capt. Gary Orluck of the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Citations were filed Monday in Bottineau County District Court against Hernandez for Class B misdemeanor DUI, as well as failure to give immediate notice of a reportable accident and leaving the scene of an accident with a fixed object, both infractions.

The latter citation indicates the 2004 Pontiac struck a wooden guardrail.

An initial court appearance is set for May 28.

Hernandez and her husband, Juan Ruiz, publicly advocated and testified for stronger DUI laws after their sons, Alaries Ruiz, 5, and Cyris Ruiz, 9, were killed when a pickup truck ran over the tent they were sleeping in at a Lake Metigoshe campground July 7.

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