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After losing seven family members in horrific crash, a Bronx family is struggling to pay funeral expenses. AP's Bonny Ghosh ...
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[Location - Date:][Source:][VO:][VOICE-OVER]TRACK#1 SOUNDBITE: JUAN RAMON ROSARIO/FATHER(translation) "nothing is going to recuperate his loss."HE LOST HIS FAMILY IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE….HIS WIFE…TWO PRECIOUS GIRLS…NIELY, SEVEN AND MARLY JUST THREE…AMONGST THE LIVES CLAIMED WHEN AN SUV CARRYING SEVEN FAMILY MEMBERS PLUNGED OFF THE BRONX RIVER PARKWAYSOUNDBITE: JUAN RAMON ROSARIO/FATHER(translation) "he says you can't wish that upon anybody. Whoever that happens to that's like taking away half their life."FAMILY MEMBERS ARE STILL IN SHOCK AS THEY CARRY ON WITH FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS….(SOUNDBITE: JUAN GONZALEZ)(translation)"it's destroyed us."AFTER LOSING THREE GENERATIONS OF FAMILY IN ONE FELL SWOOP….THEY ARE NOW DEALING WITH HOW TO PAY FOR FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS….WHICH ARE ESTIMATED TO BE AS MUCH AS A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.(SOUNDBITE: GLADYS MEJIA/FAMILY FRIEND)"We're taking donations for the family to help pay for the funeral expenses and burial expenses because it's seven people that passed. It's a lot, for the family at one shot, so we're taking donations."THE HORRIFIC CRASH HAPPENED SUNDAY WHEN JUAN GONZALEZ'S WIFE, MARIA WAS DRIVING THE FAMILY TO A PARTY….FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON THE CAR LOST CONTROL, BOUNCED OFF A MEDIAN, VEERED ACROSS FOUR LANES BEFORE HOPPING THE GUARDRAIL AND PLUNGING MORE THAN FIFTY FEET…..THE STRETCH OF HIGHWAY HAS BEEN A PROBLEM IN THE PAST…A SIMILAR ACCIDENT CLAIMED SIX FAMILY MEMBERS IN 2006….ANOTHER ACCIDENT HAPPENED AS RECENTLY AS JUNE(SOUNDBITE: JUAN GONZALEZ)(translation) "It's very careless of the state to let that happen because there's been several incidents where accidents happen just as this, and they haven't done anything to prevent it.AS THE FAMILY MOURNS….OFFICIALS PLAN TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK TO SEE IF ANYTHING CAN BE DONE TO MAKE THE ROAD SAFER….MARIA GONZALEZ WAS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN DRIVING 68 IN A 50 MILE PER HOUR ZONE….BUT POLICE SAY ALL SEVEN PASSENGERS WERE WEARING THEIR SEAT BELTS…AND THERE'S NO EVIDENCE GONZALEZ WAS TEXTING OR ON HER PHONE….POLICE WILL CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE….BUT FOR NOW THE APPARENT ACCIDENT IS A MASSIVE LOSS FOR THIS FAMILY….IN THE BRONX, BONNY GHOSH, ASSOCIATED PRESS.[SIGOUT/REPORTER, LOCATION, ASSOCIATED PRESS](****END****) VIDEO SOURCE: AP----------------------- VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: None----------------------------------