Crash victim’s family wants harsher consequences

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The family of a pregnant mother who was killed in a crash last fall is concerned that their loved one is not getting justice.

Nancy Orozco-Lopez, 28, died Aug. 11 in a rollover crash in Grand Rapids.

Police say a vehicle ran a stop sign and hit Orozco-Lopez’s vehicle at the intersection of 3rd Street and Lane Avenue NW. Orozco-Lopez was thrown from her vehicle, which  then rolled on top of her.

In October, the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office charged Diana Lucas-Bautista, the driver of the other vehicle, with a moving violation causing death. It’s a one-year misdemeanor, but 24 Hour News 8 pulled court records that show Lucas-Bautista could work out a plea deal during a Jan. 16 settlement hearing.

“She (Lucas-Bautista) was going way too fast on a street to flip her over, eject her…” Orozco-Lopez’s sister Ana Orozco told 24 Hour News 8 Sunday.

Orozco said she thought the consequences would be greater.

“It’s a street, it’s not a highway,” she said. “That’s that the part that I’m still mind-blown (about). It’s not a highway. Why was she (Lucas-Bautista) going that fast?”

When Ana Orozco got the call that her older sister was involved in a crash, she said she headed to the hospital thinking she may see a few scratches. Then she learned her sister had died.

“Max one year? That’s devastating,” Orozco said about the moving violation charge.

Family members describe Orozco-Lopez as happy and funny.

“I love her and I miss her,” Orozco told 24 Hour News 8.

She was a mother of four and pregnant with her fifth when she died. After the crash, her baby boy was delivered prematurely by cesarean section, but he died the next day.

“Not only did she take my sister’s life, she took the baby with them. That’s two lives that was lost,” the sister said Sunday.

On Sunday night, Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker explained to 24 Hour News 8 that the law looks at the behavior of the driver, not the status of the victim. Investigators consider if a driver was drunk or driving recklessly, for example. Becker said that the investigation into this case showed it was a moving violation with a horrific outcome.

Orozco said she’s deeply grateful for the woman living near the scene of the crash who reportedly helped comfort Nancy Orozco-Lopez’s two children who were in the car.

She mentioned that her family considered a lawsuit, but would rather use that money to provide for Orozco-Lopez’s children.

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