A woman who lost her fiancé and her two children in a deadly crash on I-95 one year ago put on a fundraiser and memorial for her community, Monday evening.
Baughnita Leary, of Meriden, is the lone survivor of the crash, where a tractor trailer rear-ended the car she, her fiancé Darin, and her two children, 8-year-old Sanaa and 3-year-old Dacari, were in.
“I put on my poker face all the time because if I were to show how I really felt, I'd be a puddle on the ground,” Leary said. “The last year has been lonely...very, very lonely.”
The crash happened on I-95 in Waterford one year ago, and Leary’s children’s bedrooms have turned into a memorial of sorts, as Leary isn’t ready to let go.
“At first, I didn't want to do anything. I wanted to get in my bed, curl up and do nothing, but my daughter was so giving, so loving so caring,” she said.
So, on Monday evening, in her children’s names, Leary gave back to the family, friends and strangers who showered her with love and support through the last 12 months.
She hosted the 'Sanaa and Dacari Memorial Give Back' at City Park in Meriden. There were dances, donations, and games, which were all the things that Leary said her children would have loved.
“I see myself helping people. That's all I can envision. If losing my children is the reason for me to go above and beyond to help people, then I guess I'll have to do that,” Leary said.
All of the donations made on Monday evening will be given to shelters in the area.
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