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Mother of five identified as victim of Sunday's deadly crash in Rochester

Emily Putnam, WHECTV
Updated: October 19, 2021 05:36 PM
Created: October 19, 2021 11:44 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester Police have released the name of the victim of Sunday's fatal crash, involving a stolen vehicle.  

36-year-old Tishara Pugh was killed when her car was hit by a car police say was fleeing after being stolen. Pugh was a mother of five. A passenger in Pugh's vehicle is still in critical condition.

On Tuesday News10NBC Reporter Emily Putnam visited the neighborhood and spoke with two of Pugh’s neighbors. Neither wanted to go on-camera but described Pugh as kind, thoughtful, and a good mother. They confirmed she lived on Champlain Street with her five children as well as the passenger who was in the car with her at the time of the crash. His name has not been released by police yet, but they say he is still at the hospital facing life-threatening injuries. According to one neighbor, Pugh’s youngest child was only eight or nine months old. 

Four suspects in the stolen car were in custody, two of them are still hospitalized. No charges have been filed yet. All of them were in their teens or early 20s

Investigators say they noticed the stolen car near Jefferson Avenue, Sunday afternoon, and that's when the car sped off.

"On Whittlesley Alley and Seward Street, the stolen vehicle t-boned the other vehicle that was heading southbound,” Umbrino said.

Police say the impact of the crash was so devastating that the car that was hit flew almost 70 yards down the alley, crashing through a pole and a garage. 

"The vehicle that was struck, the engine compartment came out of the vehicle, that's how fast this other car was going,” Umbrino said.

Police say one of the suspects had recently been released from jail on a separate stolen car charge. None of their names have been released and no one has been charged at that time, however, Umbrino told News10NBC that they’re making progress and getting closer to filing charges.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 911, the Major Crimes Unit (585-428-7157) or CrimeStoppers (585-324-9300).


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