Family supporting father charged in crash that killed six-month-old baby

November 09, 2017 06:52 PM

ROCHESTER — The family of a six-month-old baby girl killed in a horrific crash along Route 104 on Halloween is standing behind the father who police say was at fault.

Issac McCrea has been charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in connection with the crash that killed his six-month-old daughter Karena and injured two more of his children. He’s also facing charges of unlawful possession of marijuana, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, driving with suspended registration and driving without insurance.

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Six-month-old Karena McCrea was trick-or-treating with her five-year-old brother and two-year-old sister just before the crash. Mia Shanty’s sister Amber is the mother of the three children. On Thursday, Mia and Amber were making final arrangements for Karena. "She was a happy baby, always smiling and she was just starting to roll over so it's like we didn't even get to have her crawl or fight with her big sister over make-up... so it is truly a tragedy,” Shanty says.

The day after the crash, Issac McCrea sobbed outside of his court hearing saying, “I'm so sorry, that was my baby girl and it was an accident.” When Shanty heard that, she thought, “his reaction was heartfelt, being in his shoes... could you imagine, being there and knowing that you were in the car?”

Jennifer Lewke (News10NBC): "How do you feel about the allegations against him?  The drinking and the car not being registered or insured, him not having a license?"
Mia Shanty: "Me personally, everybody isn't perfect and they made the best out of their situation.  This was an accident, he didn't purposely do this, this is not something I would wish on anybody."
Jennifer Lewke: "Do you believe he was drinking that night?"
Mia Shanty: "I don't. I don't believe he was drinking and if he was... it wasn't like he went and got plastered and then went driving with the kids, no parent, we're parents, I'm a mom too, you don't do that."

Investigators say McCrea had blood taken at the hospital the night of the crash. So far, his BAC hasn’t been publicly released but court paperwork indicates troopers smelled alcohol on his breath and his speech was slurred.

Shanty passed along a statement from Amber, the mother of the children: "Within one week... our lives have changed completely, although this traffic accident was reported as a drunk driving incident, family has received bits of information leading up to another vehicle being involved.” McCrea did tell investigators that he had been run off the road by a red truck the night of the crash.  NYSP tells News10NBC the investigation into that is on-going. 

While McCrea remains behind bars on $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond, his family is preparing to lay Karena to rest while showering the two surviving children with as much love as possible. "We're just loving on them and the hospital gave them these really neat books with these bears attached to them and the point of it is to hug the bears whenever you're sad or down so they have their care bears and it's really coincidental that they're called care bears cause that's what we used to call Karena.” Shanty says.


Jennifer Lewke

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