Family of boy killed in Chili crash has message for distracted drivers
Chili, N.Y. (WHAM) – Family members of the Chili boy tragically killed in a two-car crash Thursday said they have a message to distracted drivers.
“The car is like a weapon, I think,” said Carmen Dalba, a cousin of the victim. “Just watch your surroundings, just pay attention to what’s going on."
On Thursday, Kael Nicolosi, 8, was thrown from the car when a distracted driver drove through a stop sign at the intersection of Morgan and Scottsville Chili Roads.
That driver is facing a failure to yield traffic violation.
Dalba said Kael's death is like a bad dream, and she wants drivers to keep their eyes on the road, at all times, because life is fragile.
"That … is not that important, life is,” she said. “We're only here for a little bit of time."
Kael was like most eight-year olds, a little boy full of energy and spunk who had a knack for hockey, soccer and drawing.
"Just a rambunctious little boy," she said. "On Tuesday, I was here and Linda, his grandmother, was showing me a picture he drew of his little cousin Isabella and grandma and auntie. He was so specific in every section of how he drew everything. Then on Thursday morning we get this news?"
Kael was on his way to school with his nine-year-old cousin Keith Nicolosi. His grandmother was driving; his mother was in the front seat.
Keith was seriously injured and family told 13WHAM News he was undergoing surgery on Friday.
"[He] loved his little cousin Keithie," Dalba said. "He loved to come sleep over grandma's house. Sleepovers with auntie and grandma, you know. The pool and just having fun."
Deputies say the driver admitted to looking down moments before running through the stop sign.
Dalba said if a driver is distracted looking for something in the car, pull over.
"We just think we're in a dream,” Dalba said.
The Wheatland Chili Central School District sent a statement that reads in part:
“Kael was a wonderful, smart young man, who brought joy into the lives of those around him. he started each day with a beautiful smile that brightened our school community. He will be deeply missed by all.”
Family and friends are honoring Kael through a fundraiser. You can find that page here.