NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. (WHTM) The family of 23-year-old Cori Sisti spoke out a day after a Mechanicsburg man was charged with her death.
Cori’s aunt told abc27 that this is still a tough time for her family; including Sisti’s now 3-year-old daughter, who was also in the car during the fatal crash involving a train.
“She is still very young and there’s times when she still has nightmares, and she’ll cry in her sleep. She talks to her mommy on her play phones and stuff like that. She actually has conversations very, crazy. It makes me wonder if we pick up the phone if we would actually hear Cori’s voice because it’s a true conversation and it’s a three year old,” Lisa Dynarski said.
Dynarski said the community has supported her family and hopes everyone remembers Sisti’s bright personality.
“She was just so beautiful and so loved by everybody, our whole family. When Cori came to something that’s when the party started. She’d come in, she would be laughing. She loved her child so much,” Dynarski said.
Sisti was killed in July of last year, on her birthday.
A Mechanicsburg man was high on marijuana when he drove his SUV into the path of a freight train last summer and killed the 23-year-old woman in his passenger seat, according to charging documents filed Thursday.
The criminal complaint filed by Newberry Township police charges 26-year-old Akim Jones-Williams with homicide by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle, endangering the welfare of children, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, and careless driving.
Jones-Williams on July 5 drove his 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander onto the railroad tracks at Slonnekers Landing, in the area of 1179 Cly Road, a private access road with no crossing gate or flashing lights.
The SUV was struck on the passenger side by the northbound Norfolk Southern train and pushed about 75 yards before coming to rest on its side in a wooded area.
A passenger, 23-year-old Cori Sisti died at the scene. Her 2-year-old daughter and Jones-Williams were flown to a hospital.
The train conductor told police the Mitsubishi crossed the tracks very slowly without stopping.
The conductor and emergency responders also reported an apparent odor of marijuana coming from the SUV, and blood tests later indicated Jones-Williams was under the influence of marijuana, according to the complaint.
Jones-Williams also told a witness that he drove 18 miles to the crossing “high as a kite” without any problems. He told the witness it wasn’t his fault the train hit his car, the complaint states.