Woman arrested for Brighton fatal crash pleads not guilty, case waived to grand jury

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BRIGHTON, N.Y. (WROC) — The Rochester woman charged for a fatal crash in Brighton last November was back in court Wednesday.

Ninoshka Vazquez-Ruiz, 20, is charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide, assault and several traffic tickets — including speeding for going over 60 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Vazquez-Ruiz pleaded not guilty to all counts in connection to the deaths of a 9-year-old and her babysitter in November. The case was waived to a grand jury.

According to court documents, Vazquez-Ruiz told police she fell asleep at the wheel. She cited a family history of dizzy spells and told investigators she closed her eyes. Documents also say she was driving with a learner’s permit.

9-year-old Mina Ruangsuwana and her 45-year-old nanny Elmira Hall died in the crash.

MORE | Memorial for babysitter, child killed in Brighton

Vazquez-Ruiz’s attorney says she was driving her baby to a doctors appointment at the time of the crash.

“What this is, it’s a tragic accident, it’s not a crime,” said defense attorney Teo Sigüenza. “I’ll tell you that right now certainly somebody that’s been involved in an accident like she has she’s broken up she knows that human lives were lost in certain that certainly that plays very heavily on her.”

“Criminally negligent homicide is a class E felony,” said prosecutor Ray Bonitez. “The maximum period of incarceration is one and a third year in prison, but there’s no floor no minimum; she can get a few days in jail up to a year.”

Check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to update this developing story.

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