The family of a woman who died in a crash last year is speaking out after the driver accused of causing the crash pleaded guilty.
Prosecutors say Kelsey Slivinski died last year after a driver crossed the center line at a speed of 80 miles per hour. Two other people were seriously injured in the accident, including an eight-year-old boy.
The driver who pleaded guilty is Cristian Jesus Villajuarez-Castillo, 20, of Middletown. He now faces up to 16 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault.
The prosecutor’s office said he did not have a driver’s license and was driving erratically. According to an accident report, he crossed the center line and collided head-on with Kelsey’s car last August.
Her younger sister told News Center 7’s Brandon Lewis that she never wanted Kelsey to be forgotten through all of this. She said Kelsey was outgoing and had a beautiful smile.
“I want to keep her memory alive, as long as I’m alive, my sister will always be alive, and I don’t want her to ever be forgotten, or I don’t want her story to be swept under the rug” , Kaley Slivinski said.
Even though Villajuarez-Castillo faces prison time, she doesn’t think that’s enough.
“I don’t think it’s fair that he can live while talking to his family, get three meals a day and breathe air, but my sister can’t. I don’t think it’s fair at all,” Slivinski said.
Slivinski, 23, said that although the loss is difficult, she tries to feel good for her nephew, who was in the car with Kelsey. He turned nine in September.