“I am proud of her”: Victim’s family speaks out after fatal crash on I-95

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE): The man accused of fatally hitting an off-duty nurse on I-95 was arraigned in court on Monday.

Jennifer Toscano’s mother is grieving the loss of her daughter but says she died doing what she loved, which is helping others.

“I am proud of her, I am very proud,” Rosina Toscano said.

On Sunday before 2 a.m., State Police say the 34-year-old nurse from Stoughton, Massachusetts pulled over to help rescue a passenger in a rollover crash.

Police say Luis Baez, 22, struck Toscano while driving under the influence then drove off.

Toscano leaves behind a 14-year-old son, who also lost his father this past July.

“She put this board of pictures together for the funeral of him and now the family gave it back to me,” Rosina Toscano said.

Her grandson is now staying with his other grandparents.

“She felt as though she had to give back, and I think that’s where her mind was at the time,” Toscano said. “Now her son doesn’t have either parent.”

Toscano’s sister decided to become a nurse, inspired by her older sister who worked at Bridgewater State Hospital.

“She was my hero,” her sister, whose name also is Rosina Toscano, said.

“I understand completely what she did, I can’t be angry at what she did,” Toscano said, fighting back tears.

The Toscano family said they hope justice is served.

“To him, it was no more than a bump in the road, but for me, that was my daughter,” Toscano said.

Bail for Baez was set to $45,000 with surety and as part of that bail condition, he will be not allowed to drive in any state.

A GoFundMe account is currently raising money for Toscano’s son. More information on how to donate is available here.

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