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Durham toddler dies after suspected drunk driving wreck

Posted August 9, 2009 10:45 p.m. EDT
Updated August 10, 2009 2:25 p.m. EDT

— A 2-year-old Durham girl died this weekend of injuries sustained in a wreck in Orlando, Fla., that authorities say was caused by a drunken driver.

Isabella Zepka was taken off life support Saturday, a hospital spokesman told CBS affiliate WKMG. She had suffered a fractured skull and internal injuries in the wreck Wednesday evening.

According to the wreck report, Isabella's 43-year-old father, Robert, was turning left when their PT Cruiser was T-boned by black Cadillac driven by John Molnar, 36, of Davenport, Fla.

Isabella's 9-year-old brother, Alexander, also suffered serious injuries, while her father had minor injuries. Molnar wasn't injured.

The wreck report says that Molnar ran a red light and appeared to be intoxicated. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of cocaine and later released on a $11,000 bond.

Since Isabella died, authorities plan to upgrade charges against him.

The Zepka family was vacationing in Florida.