Charges sought for driver in crash that killed 4-year-old
Wed, 14 Nov 2012 21:09:52 GMT —
The Horry County Solicitor's Office and South Carolina Highway Patrol will seek a warrant for Vincente Virola Rodriguez for Reckless Homicide resulting from the death of Jada Bennett on March 31, 2012.
Bennett was killed and four others were hurt in March when a tractor-trailer rear-ended the SUV Jada was in on Highway 501 at the Tanger Outlet. A MAIT report from Highway Patrol concluded Rodriguez was on his cell phone during and right before the crash and was driving too fast for conditions.
NewsChannel 15's Lindsey Theis has been working with the Bennett family. Her story, "Justice for Jada" will air Tuesday, November 20 at 6pm.
"I don't want another child to suffer the same or another family or another mommy be in my position," Miriam Bennett, Jada's mother told Theis. "I don't really wish nobody to be in my position. It's so devastating, it's so painful. It's so sad. You just. There aren't words to explain what is inside me."
Bennett has also filed a civil wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against Rodriguez and Hartt Transportation. They are currently in the early stages of litigation.
Jada attended Ocean Bay Elementary School and Our Lady Star of the Sea. She loved playing with her twin sister Nia and six year old brother Ty. She also loved the YMCA and was fond of swimming, soccer and doing Zumba with her family.
She is survived by her parents, her twin sister, her two older brothers and older sister.
In Jada's obituary, " the family wrote "Jada was truly our little happy princess, from the way she acted to the way she moved. There was not a day that went by that she didn't let us know how much she loved us."