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Shock, anger follow deadly accident

March 28, 2009 3:38:37 PM PDT
Twenty-seven-year-old Keston Brown had nothing to say as police took him into custody. Police now say he was drunk behind the wheel of the van that crashed in Midtown on Friday.

He lost control of the van. It jumped the curb on East 37th street and struck and killed 29-year-old Ysemny Ramos, a mother of three who was also nearly 3 months pregnant.

Her husband, Raynaldo, told Eyewitness News all he can feel now is emptiness.

"She was the kind of mother that other mothers looked up to. She was the kind of person that other people looked up to," he said.

Reports from witnesses at the scene are also disturbing.

Some of them say Brown was catcalling Ramos and her co-worker as he drove alongside them. When the two ignored his advances, witness said he lost control of the vehicle.

It's a sickening thought to relatives of Ysemny Ramos.

"How can you do that? How can you...hooting or whatever you're doing? What's wrong with people today? What's wrong with people?" wondered her aunt, Blanca Toledo Her family told us she was just leaving work at a nearby architectural firm.

Ysemny and Raynaldo were supposed to go out for dinner to celebrate their third wedding anniversary and the fact that they were having a girl.

"I remember yesterday morning waking up and looking over to her and saying I love you and thank you for being with me and I'm so happy I'm gonna spend the rest of my life with you," he said.

Now, her grieving family is caught between disbelief and anger at the man who allegedly took her life.

"He needs to be killed. God forgive me. He deserves to be dead just like she is," the victim's mother in-law Gladys Ramos said.


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