Who was Diana Granobles? NYC mom-of-3 and daughter, 10, killed in DWI crash in Queens

Driver Tyrone Absolam has been charged with manslaughter after Diana Granobles and her daughter Isabella were killed in a car crash in Queens

                            Who was Diana Granobles? NYC mom-of-3 and daughter, 10, killed in DWI crash in Queens
Diana Granobles' car after the crash (GoFundMe)

QUEENS, NEW YORK: A driver has been charged with DWI and vehicular manslaughter after a car crash on a Queens highway killed a mother and daughter. Diana Granobles was driving with her daughter Isabella, 10, to pick up her husband from work around 8.45 pm on Saturday, July 24, when another car rammed into her vehicle.

In another incident of death due to drunk driving last month, 'Bridgerton' author Julia Quinn's father and sister died in a Utah crash after being hit by a "drunk driver" who was reportedly three times over the drinking limit.


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Earlier in May, we reported that drunk driver Jessica Beauvais who killed NYPD cop Anastasios Tsakos faced up to 15 years in prison. That same month, drunk ex-porn star Katherine Colabella knocked down a pastor in a Miami hit-and-run case. Diana's case is reminiscent of the horrors of drunken driving that claimed two young lives on Saturday.


Who is Diana Granobles?

Diana Granobles was a 31-year-old mother. Her daughter Isabella, nicknamed 'Bella', was all of 10. Bella's godfather Javier Granobles told Eyewitness News in an exclusive interview that the 10-year-old was a typical little girl, ABC News reported. "Smart, always happy, caring for her two little brothers always," Javier said. 

According to Javier, Diana returned to South America two years ago with the couple's three children, including two young boys, to save money. In mid-March, she returned to the city, and Isabella joined shortly after. "Isabella had just arrived June 17 back to the city so she could get acclimated and wait to start school in September, but that won't happen now," he said.

Diana was on her way to pick up her husband Lorozano Granobles from work. However, as he tracked the family automobile on his phone, he saw something was odd. "It wasn't moving, and it was there for a while," said Javier. "He started walking, it was three blocks away, so he walked from the job to the scene. When he first called me, at the scene he was hysterically crying, I tried to calm him down and said just get to the hospital and see what the conditions is." They were transported to Jamaica Hospital, where they were both declared dead.


The couple immigrated to the Big Apple from Colombia when Diana was just 18, Daily Mail reported. "They were like the American dream," said Brittany Acensio, 24, a relative of Granobles' husband. "We just want justice. We don't want that to happen to anyone else," she said. Isabella's cousin Kassandra Granobles set up a GoFundMe page for the mother and daughter. The page raised $5,615 of the $6,000 goal at the time of writing this article. "This family is the epitome of the "American Dream" as they worked their tails off to do right by their 3 children," she wrote.

The reportedly drunk driver who caused the accident, Tyrone Absolam, 42, is charged with vehicular homicide, criminally negligent homicide and assault, the news outlet reported. Absolam was traveling west on Rockaway Boulevard at 8.45 pm when his 2018 Nissan Altima collided with a 2020 Chevy Cruze, making a left turn off the eastbound lanes and onto northbound Guy R Brewer Boulevard, according to police.

Absolam and a 38-year-old female passenger, who police claim is Absolam's girlfriend, were both transferred to Jamaica Hospital. He was said to be in critical condition while she was said to be in serious condition. A 12-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, who authorities believe are Absolam's girlfriend's children, were also found in his vehicle and brought to Long Island Jewish Cohen Children's Medical Center, where they are both in serious but stable condition.