The third victim in the accident on I-84 in Orange County on Wednesday that killed three people and two dogs has been identified.
Asyria Ferrer, 14, was in the front passenger seat when a tractor-trailer slammed into a car in which Jesenia Valentin, 29, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was driving. Valentin's daughter, Angelina Rodriguez, 9, was also killed in the 4 a.m. accident between exits 3 and 2 in Wawayanda, near Middletown. Angelina was in the back seat.
The women were calling 911 for help after running out of gas when the crash occurred. The 911 operator heard the crash and a dog yelp before the phone went dead, according to the Daily Freeman.
Valentin’s Volkswagen Passat was stopped in the right driving lane with its flashers on when it was struck just before 4 a.m. by a Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by 52-year-old Gino Ruggiero of Sugar Loaf, Pennsylvania. He wasn’t injured or immediately charged at the scene, state police said.
Two dogs were also killed in the crash.
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