Adult victims of Sheldon crash identified

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The Wyoming County Sheriffs Office has released the names of the adult victims involved in the Town of Sheldon crash Sunday morning.

Ondina Castro De La Cruz, 47, and Mayelin Brito-Castro, 32, were the women pronounced dead at the scene. The Sheriff’s Office has not released the name of a four year old who also died from injuries in the crash.

The two adults taken to the hospital were Reyes Rodriguez, 55, and  Maria Brito-Castro, 26.

It’s believed the entire family is from the Perth Amboy, NJ area.

20 year old Richard Sawicki of Lackawanna is now in jail charged with Agravated Vevicular Homicide, DWI, and reckless driving.

He is the son of a Lackawanna Police Officer, and used to work for the Lackwanna Public Works Department. The Wyoming County Sheriff says Sawicki’s Dodge Truck ran a stop sign Sunday morning on Maxon Road and slammed into a passing Kia minivan which was headed down Route 20A in the Town of Sheldon.

Patricia Plandowski is an extended family member of Richard Sawicki who came to the crash scene Monday morning to say a prayer for all of the victims involved. “What I do want to put out there is Richie is a very good kid,” said Plandowski. “His upbringing is very good. He has no troubled background. and so this is a shocker for the whole family as well.”

The minivan was carrying nine people from the Perth Amboy area of New Jersey headed for Niagara Falls. Neighbors tell News 4 that at least four victims were thrown from that family’s vehicle. The Sheriff’s Office says there were no child seats or booster seats in the car even though three of the occupants were 4 years old.

“That’s really, really tragic and living here and knowing  how that curve is how that hill is,” said Angel Ribbeck, who grew up near the crash scene. She knows of four otehr serious accidents there in the past. “If you’re not paying attention to what’s coming up the hill or down the hill, you can’t see.”

Richard Sawicki is held on $100,000 bail at Wyoming County Jail. He is due back in Town of Warsaw Court on June 10th. Members of the Varysburg Fire Department who responded to the crash are having a debriefing Tuesday to help them get through what they saw.

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