Update on condition of family members injured in fatal Hudson Avenue crash

    Myriam Pauta and her cousin Darwin Duque, 2, who remains hospitalized at Westchester Medical Center. (Photo: Myriam Pauta)
    Myriam Pauta and her cousin Darwin Duque, 2, who remains hospitalized at Westchester Medical Center. (Photo: Myriam Pauta)

    Though the conditions of the three surviving victims of the May 27 Hudson Avenue crash vary greatly, each is alive and slowly improving, according to family members.

    Seventy one-year-old Jose Lalvay, Digna Lalvay Zhingri and her 2-year-old son Darwin Duque were taken from the accident scene to Westchester Medical Center, where Duque remains.

    “My grandpa was discharged from the hospital about a week and a day after the accident and he is recovering,” said 24-year-old Peekskill resident Myriam Pauta. “My little cousin, who is 2, was in the pediatric trauma ICU until a few days ago and he remains in the hospital. He just had a surgery. A lot of things happened to him and we don’t know how things will go but he won’t be the same little boy again. My aunt is recovering but she cannot walk the way she used to. Her knees are in so much pain when she walks. She is always with her son. If she leaves the hospital it is to shower and then she goes right back to the hospital. She is always with her son.”

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    Pauta’s grandfather, the 71-year-old Lalvay, lost his wife, 69-year-old Zoila Zhingri, in the tragic accident.

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