PASSAIC, N.J. — As her husband worked to dig their car out of a mound of snow at the height of the blizzard, a New Jersey mom and their two young children took shelter inside the vehicle, where they were overcome by carbon monoxide. The tailpipe was covered in snow.
As PIX 11 News reports, 23-year-old Sashalynn Rosa and her two children were taken to a local hospital, where Rosa and her 1-year-old son, Messiah, were pronounced dead. Rosa's 3-year-old daughter, Saniyah, remains hospitalized in serious condition.
The tragic incident, which Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco called a "scar on the city," happened about 8:15 p.m. Saturday as New Jersey was pounded by one of the strongest snowstorms ever to hit the Garden State. EMS crews worked on the scene for an hour to revive the mom and her two children. The mayor told PIX11 News that the mom and son had pulses when the ambulance rushed them from the scene. They died at the hospital.
They were the first deaths in New Jersey that were linked to the blizzard.
A makeshift memorial was set up Sunday where the 2000 Mazda was still parked. A GoFundMe page was set up to help defray the family's burial costs.