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Rochester family mourns the loss of two-year-old son

Rochester, N.Y. - Wrapped in her son's blanket, Desirae Lowe said her family and her heart are broken.

"I still cant believe it, I just want to wake up from this bad dream and have my baby be here still," Lowe said. "Its just not fair to him, he was only two"

Two-year-old David Figueroa was killed in a head-on collision on Dewey Avenue Friday night.

Lowe said she strapped her son into his car seat to run out to buy diapers and pick up dinner around 10 p.m.

About a half mile from home, Lowe said a speeding vehicle crossed the center lane and stuck her car. "They hit me so hard, I didnt know what happened."

A neighbor ran out to help and pulled David from his car seat and out of the car.

Lowe said, "He wouldn't open his eyes, he was breathing but he wouldn't open his eyes and he was just laying there in my lap and I didn't know what to do."

David died at Strong Memorial Hospital about an hour later.

"My baby didnt get a chance to live his life; he didnt get a chance to do anything," Lowe said as she sobbed.

The boy's father, Milton Figueroa said, "I was just wondering what at Wal-Mart is worth my son's life."

According to police, the people in the other vehicle, suspected of shoplifting, were trying to get away from an officer with the Greece Police Department.

"Its very wrong, them people are very wrong for what they did to my baby," Lowe said. "There is nothing in the world that can change that there is no amount of sorry or anything that could bring my baby back... All because they wanted to steal from Wal-Mart."

The driver of the other vehicle, 35-year-old Yevette Ebanks, of Rochester, died at the scene. According to police, the woman's nephew, 15-year-old Jonah Barley was also in the vehicle and investigators believe he was involved in the reported theft. Barley suffered life-threatening injuries and is in the ICU at Strong Hospital.

"I'm sorry but that girl deserved to die and so does he, both of them people in that car deserve to die," Lowe said. "They shouldn't have did that to my baby."

Security at the Wal-Mart store on Dewey Avenue in Greece reported two people stole a shopping cart full of items.

Minutes later an officer spotted the described vehicle at the intersection of Dewey and West Ridge Road. According to the Greece Police Chief, the officer tried to pull the car over but the suspects took off at a high rate of speed and started weaving through traffic.

Due to the weather conditions and the type of crime reported, the officer decided not to pursue the car. With the vehicle's license plate number the officer fell back.

Less than a mile from the intersection where the officer attempted to make the traffic stop, the southbound car crossed into the northbound lane and hit Lowe's car.

"Me and him were talking on our way down the road," Lowe recalled. "He said yea, I eat chicken,  yea, chicken and rice mommy... That's the last thing we said to each other," Lowe said as she broke down. "That was the last thing I got to say to my baby."

The youngest of the couple's four children, David was described as a smily, smart baby who made an impression on everyone he met.


"He was such a happy little guy, Lowe said, "thats all he was was a happy baby he did not deserve this."

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