Fundraiser Created In Honor Of 9-Year-Old Brooklyn Hit & Run Victim Rebecca Alexandria Ramnarine
On May 4, 2014, Rebecca Ramnarine,9, was killed in a devastating car crash. The tragedy took place in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Canarsie on Remsen Avenue when 62-year-old Kenneth Palache, who was driving with a suspended license, was pulled over after causing a previous hit and run. The Daily News reports:
“Cops had pulled over Palache’s Honda Odyssey near a bus stop in Canarsie because he was suspected in a hit-and-run crash in which he left part of his minivan’s bumper behind. Palache, who was driving with a suspended license, made like he was going to get out of his car, then slammed the door and sped off about 5 p.m. He hit 60 mph over just two blocks, blew through a stop sign at Remsen Ave. and Avenue N and slammed into the rear of a 2013 Hyundai Elantra, in which Rebecca was in the backseat, police said. A third car was also struck at the intersection.”
Palache has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, criminal endangerment, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident and one count of driving with a suspended license. Over 500 people attended Ramnarine’s funeral in East Flatbush at Restoration Temple Assembly Of God and Bishop Hezekiah Walker performed his hit song, “Every Praise.” Despite her short life, Ramnarine’s legacy lives on through an initiative to honor her love of American Girl dolls and collect money for young girls who cannot afford to celebrate their birthday at American Girl retail stores. The sitefor the fundraiser states:
“We were in the process of planning her 10th birthday party for this October. Since she could not do her birthday party at the American Girl store, she decided that American Girl would be the theme of her party. It is heartbreaking that she will never be able to see the visions of grandeur she had planned for her birthday. There are likely many young girls across the country who would never be able to afford an American Girl party, visit an American Girl store or purchase an American Girl Doll. In Rebecca’s name, a fund has been established to give less fortunate girls the opportunity to have their very own American Girl Doll, and spend an unforgettable day at the American Girl store.”
Rebecca Ramnarine leaves behind her parents, two sisters, brother and church family. Our prayers are with them all. To donate to her American Doll fund, click here.