The five Woodbridge residents included two young children and one teen. One of the children was flown out for severe injuries.
Alejandra Espinoza-Velasquez, 19, was charged with two counts of felony child neglect, two counts of felony injury to the health of a child, one count of reckless driving and one count of failure to secure a child in a safety seat.
The Crash Investigation Unit began investigating a single vehicle crash on Oct. 6 at 4:08 a.m. The crash reportedly happened in the area of Dumfries Road and Toddsbury Lane near Montclair.
"The investigation revealed that the driver of a 2004 Ford Explorer was traveling southbound on Dumfries Rd in the area above when the driver lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway, and rolled multiple times before landing on its roof down an embankment," Perok said. "As a result of the roll, four occupants of the vehicle were ejected. The investigation further revealed that the vehicle was occupied by nine passengers, including the driver. Five of those occupants were not wearing seat belts or a proper restraint device at the time of the crash, including a four-year-old boy."
Four passengers were flown out for their injuries, and Doris Aucapina-Espinoza, 43, of Rockwood, NY, died at the hospital.
"Three additional occupants were also subsequently transported to an area hospital. The four-year-old boy sustained significant injuries. All other surviving occupants of vehicle sustained non-life threatening injuries," Perok said. "Speed, alcohol, and drug use are not believed to be factors in the crash at this time. The driver was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured during the collision. Following the investigation, the driver was arrested in connection to the crash."
Espinoza-Velasquez was arrested Oct. 6. Her court date is Dec. 6.