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Family talks about deadly DUI crash following final World Series game

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Azeneth Rodriguez was killed after the final game of the World Series when her boyfriend drove into the wrong lane and into oncoming traffic. Azeneth Rodriguez was killed after the final game of the World Series when her boyfriend drove into the wrong lane and into oncoming traffic.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Charges have been filed against a man accused in a drunk driving crash that killed his girlfriend. It happened just hours after the last game of the World Series.

“She tried to stop him. She tried to save his life, but she ended up losing her own,” Ashley Rodriguez said of her sister Azaneth.

Ashley Rodriguez remembers her sister as a beautiful person inside and out.

“She was the peacemaker. If we were arguing she'd call me and say, ‘you can't stay mad at me forever,'" she said.

Peacemaking was what Azaneth Rodriguez was trying to do the night she died after a Royals watch party. The sisters had been drinking there with some friends that included their cousin Jaime Garcia and Azaneth Rodriguez's boyfriend Raymundo Rodriguez.

“Things went wrong for something that had never been started,” Garcia said.

An altercation with a bartender led to an argument between the couple.

“I've never seen him like that. Mentally and physically mad,” Garcia said.

Raymundo Rodriguez got so mad that he came to blows with Azaneth Rodriguez's family.

“When we broke it up he snatched the keys out of my hand and jumped back in the car,” Ashley Rodriguez said.

The couple left Kansas City Power & Light District and took off for the Heart of America Bridge. Police say Raymundo Rodriguez drove into the wrong lane and into oncoming traffic.

“The last thing I heard from my sister was she was OK, but I knew she wasn't. I just knew. Something just told me she wasn't OK because after that she never answered me again,” Ashley Rodriguez said.

Sgt. Deb Randol with the Kansas City Police Department's accident investigation unit remembers looking into the head-on collision that followed.

“It's not one you're going to forget for a while,” she said.

Raymundo Rodriguez and the other driver went to the hospital with injuries. Azaneth Rodriguez died on the scene. She wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

“Think about what you're going to do. If you're going to drink and have a good time, don't drive,” Randol said.

After a two month investigation Raymundo Rodriguez faces vehicular murder charges.

“He was to the point where he didn't care what he did, what pain he was going to cause himself or anybody else,” Ashley Rodriguez said.

The family says the selfish decision to drink and drive has left them grieving.

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