Girl, 11, Killed in DWI Crash: Police

Young victim had hoped to become an actress

Sunday, Oct 11, 2009  |  Updated 3:54 PM EDT
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Father of Girl Killed in Crash Speaks Out

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Father of Girl Killed in Crash Speaks Out

The distraught father of a young girl killed in an alleged drunk driving crash wants stronger penalties for those who drive while intoxicated.
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An 11-year-old girl was killed early this morning when the car that was transporting her and six other children flipped over on the Henry Hudson Parkway -- and cops say the mom driving the vehicle was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Police have identified the young victim as Leandra Rosado of Manhattan.  Police have charged 31-year-old Carmen Huertas, the mother of one of the girls in the car, with a DWI.  Cops said seven girls were packed into her Mercury Sable -- many not wearing seatbelts -- as she drove home to the Bronx.  The girls were apparently headed to a sleepover party at Huertas' house after attending a birthday party in Chelsea.

Three of the children were ejected when the car flipped over, including Leandra, who was pronounced dead shortly after the accident.

Leandra's father told NBCNewYork that he was a single parent raising his daughter alone. He she had dreams of becoming an actress.

"She wanted to be Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce...all in one," he said.

"I'm hurt, I'm furious. I want to push.  Every parent needs to take a stand for drunk driving," he said.  "I don't know what's the criminal offense and how far it goes, but I'd like to see something up to life (in prison)," he said.

The accident happened around 12:45 a.m.  That's when the sedan swerved off the highway near the W. 96th St. exit, flipped over and rolled several times before slamming into a tree, police said.

The six other girls were in the car and ranged in age from 11 to 14. 

The other passengers were removed to nearby hospitals with minor injuries, police said.

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