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Student witness helps families of car crash victims

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Senior Josh Brown displays a cellphone link to the GoFundMe page to raise money for the funeral expenses of car crash victim Ashley Martinez. Photo by Lily McCormick.

Senior Josh Brown displays a cellphone link to the GoFundMe page to raise money for the funeral expenses of car crash victim Ashley Martinez. Photo by Lily McCormick.

Senior Josh Brown displays a cellphone link to the GoFundMe page to raise money for the funeral expenses of car crash victim Ashley Martinez. Photo by Lily McCormick.

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On Jan. 5, senior Josh Brown witnessed a severe car accident in which two people were killed: 15-year old Eloy Herrera and 23-year old Ashley Martinez. Brown felt so devastated by the crash that he decided to try to help the families involved. He was not able to get in touch with the Herrera’s family but, by chance, a friend of his shared a link to a GoFundMe page made by a family member of Martinez’s to help pay for funeral expenses. He then decided he would do what he could to spread the word about the accident and what people could do to help her family. Here’s what he shared with us.

“I was in the P. Terry’s drive-through line, the one by I-35 and Capital Plaza. I was ordering food and I heard a loud crash, like I could hear the truck crash into the SUV. As soon as I heard that, the person who was taking my order just stopped talking and everything just went silent. I knew something was  wrong then, so I got out of my car, and I went around the building where I could see, and as soon as I turned the corner, all I could see was this SUV completely in flames. Immediately I took out my phone and took a video, and the first thing that came to my mind was how the family would feel. How hurt they would be about what was happening, and I just felt helpless watching. It was  very hurtful and heartbreaking to watch.

“Seeing that and not being able to do anything about it really got to me, so one day I was on social media, and I found a GoFundMe link [for one of the victims] that someone had shared, coincidentally. I was like, ‘Oh I saw that!’ you know, ‘I witnessed that,’ so I was like, I want to help this family out because people weren’t sharing money, really. They only had about $600 in the account out of the $15,000 that they needed, so I thought this was the least I could do to help the family and do something for them because of the helpless feeling I felt then.”

Herrera’s family has also started a GoFundMe page to pay for his funeral. To donate to either of the victim’s families, click the links below.

Ashley Martinez Funeral Expenses GoFundMe page

Eloy Herrera Funeral Expenses GoFundMe page

 

 

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