‘She was just starting her life’: Family of victim in New Bedford motorcycle crash want answers

NEW BEDFORD, MASS. (WLNE) – Days after the death of their daughter, the parents of a North Scituate woman who died after a motorcycle crash, are speaking out and hoping to get answers as to how the crash happened.

Krystal Geraldo, 24, died Tuesday after sustaining serious injuries when the motorcycle she was a passenger on crashed into a guardrail in New Bedford.

According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, the motorcycle, operated by a 28-year-old New Bedford man, crashed in the area of Acushnet Avenue and Conduit Street around 7 p.m. Sunday.

The operator of the motorcycle was also seriously injured in the crash but is expected to survive.

“Everything horrible you can possibly imagine goes through your mind. I knew she had a helmet,” said Ron Rasmussen, Krystal’s stepfather. “When I called and they wouldn’t tell me anything, my heart sank. I haven’t stopped crying since.”

Krystal’s parents took her off life support on Friday.

“She is an amazing woman. Loving, caring, just starting her life. Always wanted to help people,” said Mylene Geraldo, Krystal’s mother. “She wanted to do more. There was more she wanted to do with her life.”

The Bristol native was working as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and was about to turn 25 in August. She left her job in retail to study nursing, her mom said, because she loved to help people.

“(She wanted) something fulfilling to do and she wanted to be a CNA. That’s what she wanted to do and I was so happy and proud. I’m so proud of my daughter, I am.”

Krystal spent several days in the hospital but died from her injuries on Tuesday.

“They took her in Monday morning about 5:30 for surgery, her neck and skull were really bad. They actually dislodged,” Mylene said.

But the family has found some solace, as even in death, Krystal was helping people. She was an organ donor, and her organs helped save six people.

“I hope one day to meet these people that have either a heart or a liver. I’ll tell you right now, whoever has her heart, you’re blessed. You’re blessed.”

The family still doesn’t know how the crash occurred, and they’re considering pressing charges. The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office continues to investigate.

“If it’s an accident, it’s an accident. But if that person was not operating properly, or being responsible, please somebody let us know. Let me know,” said Rasmussen. “If it was just an accident, let that be known.”

A GoFundMe has been started for Krystal’s funeral expenses. Click here to donate.

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