None of the children were wearing seatbelts. The child that died was Jayden Figueroa and he was the youngest of Castro’s four children.
Castro has been arraigned in Central District Court. The charges against her, which were filed on Tuesday, include motor vehicle homicide and reckless child endangerment. She is being held on $50,000 bail after her lawyer entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf.
The 27-year-old had been involved in an accident only a few minutes before the fatal crash. She had failed to stop after hitting a delivery truck which had only caused minor damage.
The 1992 Toyota Camry smashed into a parked Honda Odyssey as the deceased and a 7-year-old child were trapped inside the vehicle. The crash happened around 10 p.m. near Franklin St. Once the two cars collided, the Camry Castro was driving hit a Chrysler Town and Country minivan. That vehicle ended up crashing into another car. The cars were all in a lot at a body shop.
The 7-year-old is in critical condition at a local hospital while the 5-year-old son who was outside of the vehicle with Castro when emergency workers arrived, mostly has minor injuries. The eldest child may be paralyzed.
Investigators have found that Castro’s claim that she was driving the speed limit in wet weather was false. She was going 70 miles per hour or more. The booster seat was inside the vehicle but she had not strapped it in and belted it.
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