A young mother and her three-year-old daughter were tragically killed in a car crash, and the driver responsible, Brayan Alejandro Gonzalez-Paez, 22, is an illegal alien.
Gonzalez-Paez, who entered the United States illegally last year, was driving without a license when the accident occurred on January 13 in Upper Merion Township. The crash took the lives of Anjelica Guadalupe Amaya Briceno, 20, and her daughter.
An investigation revealed that Gonzalez-Paez was driving at speeds ranging from 70 to 80 mph in a 35 mph zone, amid heavy rainfall.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele stated in a press release, “The single-vehicle crash occurred shortly after 1 a.m. Upper Merion Township Police were dispatched to Valley Forge Park Road west of County Line Road. They arrived to find a 2007 gray Toyota Yaris that had struck a tree.”
NBC10 Philadelphia reported:
A man was charged in a crash that killed his girlfriend and her 3-year-old daughter in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, officials said.
Brayan Alejandro Gonzalez-Paez, 22, of Norristown, was arrested and charged with homicide by vehicle, accidents involving death while not properly licensed and other related offenses in connection to a crash that killed his girlfriend Anjelica Guadalupe Amaya Briceno, 20, and her 3-year-old daughter in Upper Merion Township in January.
On Jan. 13, shortly after 1 a.m., Upper Merion Township Police responded to a report of a crash on Valley Forge Park Road west of County Line Road. When they arrived they found a 2007 gray Toyota Yaris that had struck a tree. The driver – identified by investigators as Gonzalez-Paez—was outside the car and had removed an unresponsive 3-year-old girl from the vehicle. Briceno, the child’s mother, was trapped and unresponsive in the front passenger seat.
The child was taken to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s King of Prussia location where she was later pronounced dead. Briceno was extricated by medics and pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators determined Gonzalez-Paez was driving eastbound on Valley Forge Park Road between 70 mph and 80 mph in a 35-mph zone during heavy rain prior to the crash. Gonzalez-Paez lost control of the vehicle and drove off the right side of the road onto a grassy area, police said. The vehicle traveled 74 feet across the grass before the passenger side door struck a tree.
Investigators determined there were no mechanical issues that led to the crash, the airbags had been deployed, the seatbelts were all fastened and there was no child car seat in the vehicle.
Police said the vehicle was not registered to Gonzalez-Paez who told investigators he had bought the car from someone in Norristown and had never transferred the paperwork, according to the affidavit of probable cause. The vehicle was also not insured and Gonzalez-Paez did not have a valid driver’s license, investigators said.