WEST NEW YORK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A makeshift memorial has been growing at the site of a bus crash in West New York where an 8-month-old girl was killed.
Friends, relatives and strangers have been lighting candles and leaving flowers and teddy bears along Boulevard East.
As CBS 2’s Don Champion reported, the parents of the little girl, Angelie Paredes, were too hurt to talk for themselves Wednesday afternoon. Instead, Jairo and Maylin Paredes spoke through a friend the day after the accident.
“Maylin, the mother, is very distraught,” said the friend, Julio Marenco.
“Just terrible, it’s really just very, very sad” said West New York resident Debbie DiNatale. “I just can’t even think of what the mom’s going through.”
Angelie died Tuesday after police said a bus driver was using his cell phone when he lost control and triggered a chain reaction crash.
The bus struck a lamppost, which fell onto the infant’s stroller, police said. The bus then hit a tree, another lamppost and a parked car, which struck three other parked vehicles, police said.
“As (Maylin Paredes is) walking with the baby carriage and dog, all she heard was two loud sounds, and then blood and disaster,” Marenco said.