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Niagara Falls Trip Leaves Many Children Injured, No Seat Belts

New York, like many states, has adopted laws that concern how long a child must be in a child seat or booster seat when in the car. These laws ensure the safety of infants and young children should the driver get into an accident. Children secured in infant car seats and booster seats are more likely to escape a crash uninjured then if they are not secured. In New York, the law requires that infants through age three children should be in an appropriate child car seat unless they weigh more than 40lbs or there is not a lap belt or shoulder belt. If a child under age 3 weighs more than 40lbs until age 7 must be secured in an appropriate booster seat unless there is no available lap or shoulder belt.

My Central Jersey reports on a New York DWI crash that killed two adults and a young child.

A Sunday morning crash left four children hospitalized in Upstate New York. The children were in a van headed to Niagara Falls for a family trip when the crash occurred.

Three of the children are in serious condition. They include a 10-year-old girl and her twin sisters, who are 4 years old. A 14-year-old boy is doing okay after the accident.

26-year-old Maria Brito-Castro, who is the mother of the 10-year-old and the twins, was released from the hospital and is now with her children. 55-year-old Reyes Rodriguez was also released from the hospital.

The crash killed 47-year-old Ondina Castro De La Cruz, 32-year-old Mayelin Brito-Castro, and a 4-year-old child. De La Cruz and Brito-Castro were the daughters of Rodriguez. The four-year-old that was killed was his granddaughter.

20-year-old Richard Sawicki was arrested following the crash. He has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated, and reckless driving. Additional charges are expected.

Investigators are trying to piece together details of the accident, such as where each family member was seated and why none of the children were appropriately restrained.

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