NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A wake is being held Wednesday for a little girl from Queens who was killed in a car crash while her family was returning from church.
Nine-year-old Rebecca Ramnarine died in a crash on May 4 when police said the car she was riding in was rear-ended by another vehicle in Brooklyn.
Police said the driver of the other vehicle, 62-year-old Kenneth Palache, had a suspended license and was arrested on charges of criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and operating a motor vehicle without a license.
The Ramnarine family said they were on their way home from church services, but had split up in separate cars. Police said Palache was fleeing the scene of another accident he was allegedly involved in about a mile away when the crash happened.
Five others were also injured in the crash, police said.
Last week, the Ramnarine family said they discovered someone had set up a fraudulent website to collect money in their name. People claiming to be Rebecca’s grieving aunt and uncle said they had a goal to raise $10,000 for the funeral.
The Ramnarines met with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, whose fraud division shut down the fake fundraising site after tracking down the California bank account it was linked to.
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