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Sheriff: occupants of SUV in deadly Wyoming County crash were not all wearing seat belts

Posted at 5:12 PM, May 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 09:06:49-04

SHELDON, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Wyoming County Sheriff's Office announced two adults and a child were killed Sunday morning in a DWI crash on Route 20A and Maxon Road just before 7 a.m.

The sheriff's office says a seven passenger Kia Sedona, with a family of nine from Perth Amboy, New Jersey, traveling westbound on Route 20A was struck by a Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck, operated by 20-year-old Richard Sawicki of Lackawanna, traveling southbound on Maxon Road that failed to stop at a stop sign and continued into the intersection.

Deputies say two women in the SUV were ejected and pronounced dead at the scene by the Wyoming County Coroner. A 4-year-old girl was rushed via ambulance to the Wyoming County Community Hospital and died an hour later as a result of head injuries.

According to the sheriff's office, the women have been identified as 47-year-old Ondina Castro De La Cruz and 32-year-old Mayelin Brito-Castro. The child has not been identified at this time.

An adult man, woman, 14-year-old, 10-year-old and two other 4-year-old children were also in the SUV.

The adult man, identified as 55- year-old Reyes Rodriguez, was treated at WCCH and released. The woman, identified as 26-year-old Maria Brito-Castro, was taken to ECMC, according to investigators. The 14-year-old was taken to WCCH and later transferred to Oishei Children's Hospital, the 10-year-old and two 4-year-old children were taken to Oishei. As of Monday afternoon, the children are still receiving care at the hospital.

Sawicki was transported to ECMC where he was treated and released. He was arrested and arraigned in Town Of Warsaw Court Sunday for aggravated vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

The sheriff's office is continuing to investigate how the individuals are related to each other and how they were positioned in the SUV.

According to investigators, not everyone was wearing a seat belt and no child seats or booster seats were in the vehicle.

Sawicki remains in the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond, and his driver’s license was suspended. He is due back in court on June 10th.

The accident remains under investigation and the sheriff's office says further charges are expected.