Vigil will be held Friday to memorialize three I-95 crash victims

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A vigil is planned Friday in Meriden to remember the three people who died from injuries sustained in a crash Sunday on Interstate 95 in Waterford.

The vigil is for Dacari Robinson, 2, his sister Sanaa, 9, and Dacari's father, 26-year-old Darin Robinson. All were passengers in a Nissan Sentra driven by Baughnita Leary, 25, the mother of the two children and girlfriend of Darin.

The accident occurred on Interstate 95 South, in the area just south of Exit 81. It was one in a series of crashes that remain under investigation by state police.

Police said Leary was slowing her car because of traffic congestion and stopped vehicles ahead when a tractor-trailer driven by 58-year-old Gerard S. Dube of Swansea, Mass., plowed into the Sentra and two other vehicles.

More than two hours later, police would respond to another crash near the same area, also for a tractor-trailer that struck three vehicles. Saumya Arora, 33, a passenger in one of the vehicles, remained in critical condition on Thursday.

No charges have been filed in connection with the crashes.

Leary has worked for the past three years at Regan Technologies in Wallingford, a data consulting and planning company, as a receptionist and accounting clerk, according to Donna Regan, the company's director of human resources.

Regan said Leary's smiling face is noticeably absent since the crash, and news of the loss of her children and boyfriend has affected all of the employees there.

Regan said she has not spoken with Leary but stays in contact with family members who say Leary is recovering physically from the crash.

"She is upright and walking around. Physically she is on the mend, which is good," Regan said. "Mentally, she has a very long journey ahead. It's a very tragic situation. We only wish the best for her."

The company has set up a bank fund to accept donations for Leary's family. Money may be sent to: Baughnita Leary Fund, c/o Regan Technologies Corp., 860 N. Main St. Ext., Wallingford.

Additionally, a Robinson/Leary Family fund set up at gofundme.com had raised nearly $13,000 as of Thursday. The site, www.
gofundme.com/frsvz0, also includes notes from family and friends.

Information on Friday's vigil, scheduled for 6 p.m. at City Park on Franklin Street, is available at a Facebook page called the Leary-Robinson Prayer Vigil.

Those who have set up both the gofundme.com site and the Facebook page refer to Dacari as a 3-year-old. Police, in an accident report, list his birthday as June 2, 2012, making him 2 years old.

g.smith@theday.com

Twitter: @SmittyDay

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