Fundraising efforts for family killed by driver fleeing police

DICKINSON, Texas – Friends of a Dickinson teen who lost his parents, 15-year-old brother and uncle in a deadly police chase, raised funds to help pay for funerals.

Outside Dickinson High School, one pizza fundraiser bought temporary comfort.

"It means absolutely the world to us," said Selena Alexander, one of Sebastian Yanez's friends.

Alexander is part of group of Yanez's former band mates. They reunited to help their friend Yanez.

"Sebastian doesn't use words right now because he is still hurting," Alexander said. "However, we know that we just have to be here for him and support him in whatever he does need."

Sebastian lost his mom, dad, 15-year-old brother and uncle all in one crash. Police were chasing Juan Garcia Ahuezoteco, 23. He was driving a Dodge Durango seen swerving on roads. Ahuezoteco led officers from Dickinson to League City. His Durango ran a stop sign and crashed into a Honda Accord that carried Yanez's family. No one survived the crash.

The next day, Sebastian hugged the only sibling he has left, a brother, and told KHOU 11 News they are staying strong.

Randy Hartley, a stranger, saw the story and decided to donate $2,000 through his bank to help Sebastian.

"When the two brothers started hugging and the oldest said it's going to be OK, that's what moved me," Hartley said. "That's what touched me, touched my heart and I just wanted to help out."

Michelle Maldonado bought three pizzas during Thursday's fundraiser, "because Sebastian's a friend."

Every dollar made will help Sebastian afford four funerals.

"We can't thank people enough," said Alexander.

It also comes with a promise: the group behind the fundraiser plans to do whatever it takes to help their friend in need.


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