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WDKX.com » Blog » I-490 Crash Victim's Family Speaks Out
Nov 25th 2013 8:23 am
I-490 Crash Victim's Family Speaks Out
by News

A Fairport man is facing multiple charges after police say he drove his vehicle on the wrong side of the road early Saturday morning killing a Gates teenager.

"It's shocking to know my sister was alive 15 hours ago," said Sapphire Lumley, sister.

State Police say around 3 a.m. Saturday morning Robert Rector, 30, was driving the wrong way down the westbound lane of Interstate 490 near the Aims Street exit.

Police say he also did not have his headlights on when he plowed into an SUV driven by Khadijah McKenzie, 19, and flipped her vehicle. Both drivers were taken to Strong Memorial hospital where McKenzie was pronounced dead.

"She loved messing with us and just being a big ball of fun. There wasn't a dull moment around her," said Lumley.

She says on Friday night her sister was leaving a friends house and coming home to cook for friends when this happened. She said her sister had a passion for cooking and loved to help people.

"I feel like any minute now she will walk through the door," said Lumley.

McKenzie is Jamaican and her mother still lives in Jamaica. Lumley said that was a phone call that was hard to make.

"Hearing the news shocked my mom so much that she ended up in the hospital this morning," said Lumley.

With Thanksgiving next week and Christmas a month away, Lumley says the holidays will never be the same.

"Without her here for her to cook and be a part of it and sitting around the dinner table on Thanksgiving or opening presents christmas morning, it's going to be heartbreaking," said Lumley.

Lumley says she wants people to hear about her sisters story and understand what driving drunk can do.

"He broke a humongous link in the family. My mother isn't here so all I really had are my sisters," said Lumley.

Rector was treated for minor injuries and is now in the Monroe County Jail. He faces multiple charges including DWI, Manslaughter and Vehicular Manslaughter. He is expected to be arraigned Monday morning in Rochester city court.

"I haven't really left the room ever since I got home from the hospital. I just sat here and watched TV and I laid down on the pillows. It made me feel like shes still here that shes not fully gone," said Lumley.

Lumley says her sister wanted to be a nurse and recently began attending Boces. She says she wants people to remember her as the caring and creative person she was.

"It can happen to anyone and sadly it happened to us," said Lumley.