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Children involved in wreck that killed Grandmother say car accelerated on its own

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — News 3 is learning more about the moments before a deadly crash that killed a woman and injured her 4 grandchildren.

The children telling family members the car started speeding on its own. Rose Modica, 56 , died on May 9, after she lost control of her car near Washington Avenue. and Decatur Boulevard.

Modica crashed into several vehicles and then a construction site. Her four grandchildren ages 10, 9, 4, and 2 were all in the car when it happened.

Originally, witnesses reported that Modica was driving recklessly, and speeding. Lennie Clemons is Rose's younger brother. He says the children describe the wreck in a different light.

"Rose told them to just hold onto anything they can because she couldn’t control the vehicle,” Clemons said.

Her grandchildren telling family members that she wasn't in control of how fast her 2007 Toyota Camry was going.

"They said they were going down the road and say that the car, it just took off," Clemons said.

News 3 learned that Toyota issued a recall in 2010 that included 2007 Toyota Camry models, the car Rose was driving.

The recall cited vehicle speed control stating the accelerator pedal could become stuck in a partially pressed down position which could increase the risk of a crash.

"It's just very tragic that it happened, once the dust settles we'll know exactly what happened," Clemons said.

It's still not known if a vehicle error played a role in the wreck.

Modica's brother telling us whatever the case, he knows for a fact that his sister would never do anything to jeopardize the life of her grandchildren that she'd taken sole custody of just days before the crash.

"I know Rose wouldn't be speeding and I know she would not put those kids life in danger like that." He said.

We reached out to LVMPD to see if they’ve determined what caused the crash and are awaiting their response.

The children involved in the wreck did suffer serious injuries, but they’re all expected to be okay.