A second person has died more than two weeks since a crash that killed a 6-year-old girl in West Phoenix.
Barbara Fuller, 53, who was hit by a suspected impaired motorist, died Sunday after spending nine days in the intensive care unit.
The driver who hit her, Palemon Vega-Maqueda, 39, an illegal immigrant living in Glendale, faces possible manslaughter and aggravated assault charges. His little daughter, Amy, died in the accident.
Police said with Fuller's death there may be additional charges.
Vega-Maqueda was driving a 2002 Ford Mustang Saleen south on 75th Avenue in Phoenix just after 5 p.m. on Aug. 8 when he started to pass a car, crossed the median and was T-boned on the passenger side by an oncoming pickup truck, according to a Phoenix police officer's probable cause statement.
Vega-Maqueda's daughter was in the front passenger seat and wearing a seat belt but was not in a booster seat as required by law, according to the statement. She suffered life-threatening injuries from the impact and was taken to Phoenix Children's Hospital, where she later died.
"I feel sorry for the little girl," said Barbara Fuller's husband, Eddie. "Her life just started. He never should have had her in the car or been in the car to begin with."
Vega-Maqueda was also hospitalized, and was later processed as an impaired driver based on observations made by officers on the scene, according to the statement.
Witnesses told police Vega-Maqueda was going between 60 and 75 mph on a road with a posted speed limit of 40 mph, according to the statement. The police investigation determined Vega-Maqueda was going 64 mph when he lost control, according to the statement.
Barbara Fuller suffered a broken foot but because she had pre-existing heart and lung problems, the trauma was too much.
With no other family and no money for funeral expenses, Eddie Fuller said says the only way he can honor his wife of 35 years is by fulfilling his promise to care for her pet dog.
A bank account has been set up at Arizona Federal Credit Union to help the family. The account number is 10006567. People can also donate by phone at 602-683-1000.
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