Worcester, MA (March 12, 2013) - On Monday March 11, 2013 at approximately 10:14 PM, Worcester Police responded to a serious motor vehicle accident in the area of 432 Franklin Street. Upon the officers arrival they met with the operator of the vehicle, Ms. Christina Castro, 27-years-old of 2 Wall Street Court, Worcester. Ms. Castro was standing outside of her 1992 Toyota Camry with her 5 year old son. Trapped in her vehicle were two more of her children, a 7 year old son and a 3 year old son.
The Worcester Fire Department arrived at the scene along with the Worcester Police Accident Reconstruction Team and Worcester EMS. Worcester Fire Rescue extricated the boys from the wrecked vehicle. All three boys were transported to a nearby hospital. Shortly after the boy’s arrival to the hospital the 3 year old boy, Jayden Figueroa succumbed to his injuries. The boy was pronounced deceased at 10:58 PM. The 7 year old boy is listed in critical condition. The 5 year old boy and Ms. Castro were slightly injured.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Ms. Castro’s Toyota was traveling west on Franklin Street at a high rate of speed. As Ms. Castro approached the Area of 432 Franklin Street she lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle traveled across the roadway and into the eastbound travel lane where it crashed into a parked Honda Odyssey. After the initial impact the Castro vehicle continued onward and struck a Chrysler Town and Country. The force of that impact sent the Chrysler into a parked tow truck. The tow truck was pushed back approximately 6 feet. The Castro Toyota received extensive damage to the passenger side.
Investigators also concluded that the three boys were not restrained in the vehicle.
Investigators met with Ms. Castro at the hospital. Ms. Castro is the mother to all three boys. According to Ms. Castro, she was involved in an earlier hit and run accident just prior to her accident. Ms. Castro stated that she was traveling the speed limit just before she lost control. Evidence at the scene indicates that she was traveling at a much greater speed.
As a result of the investigation, Ms, Castro was placed under arrest and charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide by Negligent Operation, Speeding, Leaving the Scene of a Property damage Accident, Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, 2 Counts of a Child restraint Violation, 3 Counts of Reckless Endangerment of a Child and Operating a Motor vehicle so as to Endanger.
Ms. Castro will be arraigned at the Worcester County District Courthouse on Tuesday, March 12, 2103.
This investigation is ongoing. Traffic investigators towed the Toyota back to police headquarters and will be inspecting the vehicle for mechanical deficiencies. Investigators will also be conducting interviews and gathering forensic evidence.