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Funeral Held for 11-Year-Old Killed in Alleged DWI Crash

Suspect expected to be arraigned on DWI, vehicular manslaughter charges



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    A Manhattan funeral is being held for an 11-year-old killed on her way to a slumber party during an alleged DWI accident as the accused perpetrator is arraigned on charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.
    A Mass for Leandra Rosado was scheduled Friday at Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Bernard's Church.
    Authorities say Leandra was among seven children in the car when a friend's mother drove about 80 mph and rolled it over early Sunday on the Henry Hudson Parkway.
    Her grieving single father, Lenny Rosado, says Leandra was his "little angel.''

    Meanwhile, the alleged drunk driver blamed in the Henry Hudson Parkway crash that killed Rosada wants to take her own life. But the victim’s father wants her in prison for the rest of her life to think about what she did.

    Carmen Huertas, 31, was at Harlem Hospital for a broken arm she suffered from the crash. She was still on suicide watch days after the incident that killed little Rosado and injured six others.

    "The first thing she says to anyone who walks into her room is that she deserves to die," a source told the Daily News. "That she is going to kill herself. She's not doing well right now."

    "Taking her own life would be a waste," Rosado said Wednesday, before going to his daughter's wake, the paper reported. "I'm going to be thinking about it the rest of my life - what my daughter was thinking about when that car was tumbling. So should she.”

    Rosato, 45, was a single father, raising his daughter for seven years after he won custody of her.

    The ordeal began when she got the kids in the 1998 Mercury Sable at 12:30 a.m.on Sunday, according to cops, the Daily News reported.

    Huertas drove at speeds up to 80 mph up the parkway on her way to the Bronx with a blood-alcohol level of 0.132, authorities said. Witnesses and cops said her daughter pleaded her mother to slow down.

    "You think this is fast?" Huertas allegedly responded, taunting her terrified child. "Just wait until we get on the highway."

    Three passengers, including Leandra, were ejected from the car after the car rolled over several times and crashed into a tree.

    Rosado had little pity for Huertas’s suicidal thoughts.

    "I would rather have her spend the rest of her life in jail and have her think about what she did," he said.