Funeral was held today for 11 year-old Monica Goods, who died in crash during state police pursuit in upstate NY.
New York State Police have released what family described as partial picture of what led to the crash, but the mother of the young girl blamed a state trooper for her death.
The girl’s dad, who was pulled, drove off after a trooper blasted pepper spray into the SUV during the traffic stop for speeding, the mother, Michelle Surrency, claimed. The trooper then rammed the SUV into a guard rail during the chase, she claimed.
“You don’t just do that, no traffic ticket should end someone’s life. You did this for a traffic ticket,” Surrency said, sobbing.
Monica, the 11-year-old victim, was riding in a 2017 Dodge Journey on I-87 (December 22 2020) in the upstate town of Ulster when state police pulled over her father, Tristin Goods, 39, of Hollis, Queens, according to a press release.
Goods took off as a trooper approached the SUV, authorities said. Afterwards the trooper gave chase and the two vehicles collided.
Goods lost control of his SUV and it flipped, authorities said. Monica was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene.
Goods was being treated for serious injuries at Westchester Medical Center and expected to survive.
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