Swerving driver kills Putnam Valley girl in Massachusetts

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PUTNAM VALLEY -

Mourners gathered Wednesday to honor an 8-year-old Putnam Valley girl who died in a roadside accident in New England over the weekend.

Fatima Charlene Martinez Garcia was traveling in a two-car caravan on Interstate 90 in Upton, Massachusetts when one of the vehicles got a flat tire.

Garcia exited a Toyota Camry and stood behind the vehicle on the side of the road as the driver got out to help change a tire on a Jeep Wrangler.

Then a Chevy Tahoe, swerving to avoid other traffic, slammed into her. She was rushed to a hospital but died of her injuries.

Friends and relatives attended her wake Wednesday night in Shrub Oak.

She was a student at Putnam Valley Elementary School.

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