Riverwoods girl recovering from serious injuries in train crash in Spain
BY PHIL ROCKROHR Sun-Times Media August 12, 2013 6:32PM
Lucia Ruiz Dominguez, 11, of Riverwoods, was seriously injured in a train crash in Spain.
Updated: September 14, 2013 6:23AM
An 11-year-old Riverwoods girl injured when a Spanish commuter train derailed last month will be transferred to a Madrid hospital, and her sister will return home to start third grade on Aug. 21.
Lucia Ruiz Dominguez is expected to recover from her injuries in the July 24 train crash, which killed 79 people and injured dozens.
“It’s a small world, but it’s still a shock when something that happens so far away comes all the way back to Deerfield,” said Brian Bullis, principal at Caruso Middle School in Deerfield. “Even though it’s horrific, we’re thankful that it’s not any worse.”
Neighbors of Lucia, 11, and her sister, Maria, 8, and officials of Deerfield Public Schools District 109 have rallied to support the family. They have raised more than $41,000 on GiveForward.com to help pay for medical expenses for Lucia, who suffered a cranial fracture, broken legs and serious injuries to her hip, pelvis and tailbone.
The Ruiz Dominguez family, which emigrated from Spain, was visiting relatives when the girls traveled by train with an aunt and uncle to northeastern Spain. A judge has provisionally charged the train driver with 79 counts of reckless homicide.
Nina Boorstein, 51, who lives across the street from the family, said Monday that the family was arranging to move Lucia to a larger hospital in Madrid. Lucia was being treated in a hospital near Santiago de Compostela, where she was traveling with her sister, aunt and uncle, according to Dawn Pye, of Riverwoods. She said Lucia had surgery on her leg and her knee. Maria wasn’t injured, Pye said.
The girls’ aunt and uncle also suffered numerous injuries and both remained in intensive care on Monday, Pye said.