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Henrietta woman killed in accident
Henrietta, N.Y. The Monroe County Sheriffs Office said the drunk driver involved in the fatal Crash on Calkins Rd Saturday night has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and DWI.
Amanda Hunt, 25, of Rush is being held at the Monroe County Jail on a $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.
The victim is a mother from Henrietta, Lisa Welk, 51. She was in the car with her teenage daughter Shawna, 15, after a night of shopping.
Gates Police Chief James VanBrederode is close to the Welk and her family. He said, You have a 25 year old who made a bad decision and unfortunately that decision comes with lifetime consequences. Shes going to have to live with for the rest of her life.
Welk is described as a dedicated mother who focused much of her attention and time on her daughter.
Shawnas friend, Cassandra Bitter, 15, said, She is a lot like her mom and the relationship they had was so special and so well put together that even just going grocery shopping they had a great time.
Sheriff's deputies said witnesses saw a car, matching Hunts car description, speeding down Calkins Rd, and crossing the double yellow line into the opposing lane to pass traffic.
The crash happened at the intersection of Hylan Dr. Deputies said the two cars collided. Welk died at the scene. Her daughter, Shawna, was taken to the hospital. She has been released.
Hunt was intoxicated, according to deputies. She was also taken to the hospital and released.
Chief VanBrederode said, She was very involved in her daughter's life, spent a lot of time at the school and music programs. Her daughter Shawna was everything to her.
The Rush-Henrietta School District released a statement:
"Lisa Welk was a devoted mother who was active in many school and district activities. She was passionate about her family and community. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this extremely difficult time."
A family neighbor, Dan Szaba, said, I wish the best for Gary and Shawna, and we're going to be here to support them and try to help them out as much as we can.
A couple family friends of Hunt said she and her family are distraught over the accident, and that it was a terrible mistake.