Sheldon crash that killed 3 generations leaves girl hospitalized

Driver charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and DWI

June 01, 2019 - 6:36 am
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SHELDON, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Authorities say a holiday-weekend crash that killed a 4-year-old girl, her mother and grandmother in western New York has left another young family member hospitalized in critical condition.

A minivan carrying nine members of a family from the Perth Amboy, New Jersey area to Niagara Falls, Canada was struck by a pickup truck on Sunday in a rural area southeast of Buffalo.

The crash killed 47-year-old Ondina Castro De La Cruz, 32-year-old Mayelin Brito-Castro and 4-year-old Kyara Hernandez-Brito.

Police said Friday the family remained in the area because a 4-year-old cousin of the dead girl remained in intensive care.

Pickup driver Richard Sawicki was jailed on charges including aggravated vehicular homicide and DWI. His lawyer could not be reached for comment.

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