Here is another article about things going on around Rochester.
New York State Police still don’t know what caused a car crash that killed a four-year-old girl earlier this week in Irondequoit.
According to the latest reports, her mother and three-year-old sister remain under treatment at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Juliana Rivera, said to be in “guarded condition,” was driving on the eastbound Route 104 near North Goodman Street with both her daughters early Tuesday morning when her vehicle crossed the median and hit a pickup truck. State troopers say both girls were in booster seats in the back seat; the younger child, Makaylee Rivera, is being treated for “serious injuries,” while 4-year-old Marializ Rivera did not survive.
As of Tuesday evening, the driver of the pickup truck involved, 43-year-old Webster resident Daniel Robinson, was listed in satisfactory condition at Rochester General Hospital.
State police say they can’t rule anything out yet as to the cause of the crash, and the investigation remains ongoing.
Juliana’s cousin, Brittany Wilson, has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help the family with recovery and funeral expenses. As of Friday morning, over $4,000 of the $10,000 goal had been met. More than a hundred people had made donations in only two days.
“Thank you everyone for your support. We really appreciate it.” Wilson responded to donors on the website. “Please, please, please continue to pray. God is in control.”
The crash was the second highly publicized accident to take a life in the Rochester area in under a week. On May 1, 32-year-old Irondequoit resident Aytekin Harsit was killed when his vehicle hit a transformer on West Ridge Road near Mt. Read Boulevard, flipped over and caught fire.
Harsit was the owner of East Ridge Hots in Irondequoit, and friends told Time Warner Cable News he was “living the American dream.”
His father has taken his body back to Turkey for burial.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicle accidents injure more than 3 million people each year in the United States. The NHTSA announced at the end of 2014 that traffic fatalities across the country are declining, and encouraged both individuals and partner organizations to step up education efforts to prevent as many tragic traffic deaths as possible.