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6-year-old dies after car crashes into Henrico apartment

The apartment was badly damaged and all four occupants injured in the crash. (Source: NBC12) The apartment was badly damaged and all four occupants injured in the crash. (Source: NBC12)
A car smashed into the Three Chopt West Apartments on October 5. (Source: NBC12) A car smashed into the Three Chopt West Apartments on October 5. (Source: NBC12)
Exequiel Vasquez (Family Photo) Exequiel Vasquez (Family Photo)
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A 6-year-old injured when a car crashed into his Henrico apartment has died from his injuries.  Raul Exequiel Nicholas Vasquez had been on life support since the crash at the Three Chopt West Apartments on October 5.


Henrico Police say the investigation is ongoing and there are no charges yet.


For the first time, Exequiel's parents, Ruth Vasquez and Raul Nicholas, are speaking out about that night and the message to the driver. The family, who are from Honduras, spoke to NBC12 through a translator.


Ruth says she was visiting her cousin's apartment that night.  She had just changed her younger son's diaper and Exequiel was putting on his jacket to leave when the car came through the wall.  The car smashed through brick and glass and ended up inside the bedroom.  Ruth and her son were trapped underneath the car.  "All she thought about was Exequiel and just, screaming and asking for help," says Driones Flores, who translated for Ruth during the interview.


Now Ruth's leg is in a cast after surgery, Exequiel's younger brother was also injured but survived.  


Exequiel was rushed to VCU Medical Center in critical condition. Relatives said the child was placed on life-support.


Because there have been no arrests, Exequiel's father says it is not fair the driver is still out there and the family wants justice.


Speed bumps were installed just days before the accident, according to the apartment manager. Inspectors have condemned the unit, and managers are taking extra precautions by clearing out the neighboring three apartments.

Toxicology tests for the driver are pending.

A fund to help the family has been set up at any BB&T under Marbin Rufino Vasquez in the care of Exequiel Vasquez.

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