Family of 6-year-old girl killed in Deerfield Beach crash share grief

Family members mourn loss of 6-year-old Ruby

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – Family members of a 6-year-old girl killed in a crash last month are sharing their grief as they struggle to prepare a final farewell for the child.

Jose Meza said his heart has been destroyed. It's been a tough two weeks for Meza and his family.

Two weeks ago, Meza and Keidy Estrada's young children were involved in a crash.

Meza and Estrada are mourning the loss of their 6-year-old daughter, Ruby, while caring for their two young sons.

Meza said 4-year-old Cristian was on death's door. He said Cristian is now home, but bears the scars of his brush with death.

Estrada said Cristian still can't walk.

It was May 28 when the family's babysitter, Shirley Coto, took the kids and her 11-year-old daughter to the supermarket in the 200 block of Hillsboro Boulevard.

The Nissan Altima she was driving somehow collided with a pickup truck, killing Ruby on the spot and sending all the children to the hospital.

Jose, 6, was the least injured, according to his father. Meza said Jose thinks his sister will eventually come home, not fully grasping what's happened.

"Tan buena, inteligente," Estrada said Ruby was so good and smart.

Family members are now hoping the public can help them raise money for Ruby's funeral and burial in Honduras to give her the proper goodbye she deserves.

"Yo le doy gracias a todas las personas," Estrada said.

Coto's 11-year-old daughter is still at Broward General in very critical condition. Coto was driving without a license.

The two in the truck didn't suffer any serious injuries. It's unclear who was at fault for the crash.

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