Woman arrested, charged for crash that killed child, babysitter in Brighton


BRIGHTON, N.Y. (WROC) — A Rochester woman was arrested and charged for the fatal crash that killed one woman, one child and injured another child in November.

According to the Brighton Police Department, 20-year-old Ninoshka Vazquez-Ruiz of Rochester was charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide, and one count of assault in the third degree and several traffic tickets including speeding (going 63 m.p.h. in a 30 m.p.h. zone), failure to keep right and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

9-year-old Mila Ruangsuwana and 45-year-old Elmira Kamilevna Hall were killed and 2-year-old Evan Ruangsuwana suffered serious injuries on November 27. While they walking on Edgewood Avenue, Vazquez-Ruiz was heading south, left the roadway, hit a telephone pole and struck the babysitter and the children.

According to the police report, Vazquez-Ruiz was driving home from appointment with her one-month-old son in a car seat in the rear of the sedan when she drove off the road.

According to court records, Vazquez-Ruiz told police she remembers “feeling dizzy” and “not strong” prior to the crash. The reports states; “She went on to say that she closed her eyes to see if things would get better. The next thing she knew the accident had happened.”

The report goes on to say that Vazquez-Ruiz didn’t recall how fast she was going and “tried to break after she opened her eyes”. After the accident, she got her son out of his seat and called her husband.

In another phone call with police three days later, Vazquez-Ruiz said she had fallen asleep prior to the crash and “did recall seeing the girl lying in the yard after the crash”, according to reports.

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Vazquez-Ruiz was given an appearance ticket to appear in Brighton Town Court on Wednesday, February 12.

Shortly after the crash, hundreds of luminaries were set up throughout Brighton to show support for the family killed in a car accident.

The mother of the child victims in this crash, Irina Statnikova, released this statement Monday.

“Evan received excellent care at KKI and has improved in many regards. He will return home in two weeks. Despite his improvement, he is still unable to walk, use his left arm, and relies on NG tube for nutrition. His ability to understand, communicate, and interact has also been compromised.

No one can predict where exactly he lands in his recovery, however due to the severity and irreversibility of his brain injury he is expected to have physical and intellectual disabilities. He will continue long term therapy when he returns home.

He will return home in two weeks, after spending total of three months inpatient. He will require long term follow ups with Strong team of doctors for his multiple acquired health concerns, as well as ongoing therapy for his disabilities.”

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