Family holds car wash to raise burial funds for hit-and-run victims


by Marcelino Benito / KHOU 11 News

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 5:44 PM

HOUSTON – A car wash was held Tuesday to raise funds for the funeral expenses of teens who were killed in a hit-and-run wreck over the weekend.

No amount of water can wash away the Suarez family’s pain. Early Sunday morning, Joe Suarez lost a daughter and a son after a hit-and-run accident.

Alyssa Munoz was just 19, a mother herself. Brett Suarez was just 15. Police say Raquel Hernandez ran a red light and slammed into the teen’s car. A third teen was also killed.

“She hit somebody because she was drinking,” said Joe Suarez, the teen’s father. “She turned her back and ran off knowing she hit someone.”

Police say Hernandez fled the scene. Court records show Hernandez was found hiding in a closet at her aunt’s house. She told police she was scared and had been drinking.

“I don’t buy any of her excuses,” said Suarez.

Hernandez is now charged with failure to stop and render aid. That’s the part Suarez can’t forgive, knowing she left his kids on the side of the road to die.

“That’s not human, she wasn’t being human about it,” said Suarez. “They’re not animals. She knows she hit somebody, yet she’s thinking of herself. She’s very selfish.”

Now he faces the painful task of raising funds to bury his own children. His surviving two kids helped him wash cars Tuesday afternoon. For a moment, it was a welcome distraction.

“She wants to do this for them,” said Suarez. “This was my daughter’s idea. She wants to do this for her brother and sister.”

It keeps their mind off the tragedy that has forever changed this family’s life.

“She still gets to see her kids,” said Suarez. “I won’t be able to see my kids anymore.”

All Suarez wants now is justice for his kids, all because a woman refused to stop.