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Funeral Held For Baby Killed In West New York Bus Crash

Infant’s Parents Planning Push For More Enforcement Of Distracted Driving
A makeshift memorial  in West New York where an 8-month-old girl was killed. (credit: CBS 2)

A makeshift memorial in West New York where an 8-month-old girl was killed. (credit: CBS 2)

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NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Dozens of people said goodbye to an infant killed last week in West New York when an out-of-control bus knocked over a light pole, which then fell into her stroller.

The service for 8-month-old Angelie Paredes was held Monday morning at the Vainieri Funeral Home in North Bergen.

The child was killed and seven others injured Tuesday when the bus veered off the road, hitting the pole that fell on the stroller. It then struck a tree, another pole and a parked car that then struck three other vehicles.

The bus driver, Idowu Daramola, is being held on $250,000 bail. He faces charges of death by auto, reckless driving and using a cellphone while operating a vehicle.

Her parents are planning to push for more enforcement of distracted driving laws.

“Please stop texting or talking on the phone when driving,” the baby’s father, Jairo Paredes, wrote on his Facebook page. “Give the road your full and undivided attention. Make us a promise you will do so. Put your phone in the trunk, bag or somewhere out of reach.”

Court records showed Daramola had three open warrants out for him.

One was out of North Bergen for failure to appear for a complaint on staging a commercial vehicle. Another was from West New York for failing to pay a ticket for dropping off passengers in an unauthorized area in 2011. And the third was for allegedly running a red light in 2012, CBS 2 reported last week.

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