MANHATTAN — Three generations of women in a Washington Heights family were killed in a horrific wreck in North Carolina Saturday night on their way back from Disney World, according to authorities and reports.
Rosanny Marte, 22, her mother, Angela Marte, 46, and her grandmother, Rosa Marte, 71, all devout Christians, perished in the smashup on I-95 in Wilson County, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
"I feel very sorry for the rest of the family that survived," neighbor Joseph Richard, 85, told DNAinfo. "I'm going to miss them."
Police said that Rosanny was driving when when the right rear tire blew out around 4:30 p.m.
The car, which was carrying five other family members, overturned several times. Angela and Rosa, who were not wearing seat belts, were thrown from the vehicle, police said.
The other passengers in the car were taken to area hospitals. Police said that three of them had serious injuries.
According to the Associated Press the family had been returning from a trip to Disney World.
Richard said that the family lived together in the basement apartment in his West 171st Street building, near Fort Washington Avenue.
"I think they were a wonderful family, very well respected," he said. "They were beautiful people. They were good Christians."
Richard said that Rosanny had been going to school.
"She was a very nice young lady," he said.