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After losing family in crash, fiance seeks justice

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By Abbey Niezgoda

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A tearful father is speaking for the first time since his pregnant fiance and their unborn child died after her car was hit in East Greenwich. He has been dealing with the devastating loss, and now the pain of knowing no one will be held responsible for taking his family.

Sullynette Sanchez was killed instantly. Her baby was delivered, but lived just three weeks. Now the baby's father is sharing his hurt and anger after learning the man who rear-ended the car will face no criminal charges.

"He was my first son," Steven Bustamante said, fighting back tears. "I would rub her belly, and to not be able to help my son. Not be able to wake him up. There should be consequences for that."

After an investigation, State Police determined there was not enough evidence to prove the driver was driving recklessly, just carelessly.

"It's conditions that require reduced speed, following too closely, just regular, everyday traffic tickets," the family's lawyer Joseph Baillirano said.

Sullynette's fiance and mother say that is not enough, especially after seeing the back of her car.

"This was not a light hit," Bustamante said. " Her back seat is crushed."

Her URI faculty badge still hangs on the rear-view mirror, but her family says they cannot put this behind them without making sure someone is held responsible.

"It's just hard," Bustamante said. "I didn't just lose my fiance. I lost my son. I lost my whole family."

Their lawyer admits it is nearly impossible to get a decision against criminal charges reversed, but they still plan on protesting outside the Traffic Tribunal, where the driver is scheduled to appear Thursday morning.

 

 

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