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Fundraiser started for boy critically injured in Lexington crash

Posted at 9:45 PM, Jul 06, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A fundraiser has been started for the family of a boy who was critically injured in a Lexington crash that police say was caused by a drunk driver.

Around 3 a.m. on Friday morning, 24-year-old Sequoyah Collins was driving under the influence when she hit a car at the intersection of Lansdowne and Tates Creek roads.

Witnesses said Collins was speeding and ran a red light.

Police said 6 people were inside of the car that was hit. All of them were taken to the hospital, where 10-year-old Alexia Gomez Hernandez was pronounced dead.

Another boy, Diego, sustained serious injuries in the crash and remains at UK Medical Center's pediatric intensive care unit, according to a family friend.

A GoFundMe has been started to help the boy's mother pay for expenses.

According to the site, she will be missing work at a daycare and summer camp in order to stay by her son's side at the hospital.

Morgan Crandle, a family friend, work's with the boy's mother at a daycare and summer camp. Crandle had a lot to say about Diego.

"Seeing Diego everyday at work smiling and laughing, just being a normal kid and then literally a couple of days later having to know he’s fighting for his life is just crazy! Somebody’s selfish and careless ways changed his life in just a couple of seconds," Crandle said.

Crandle also said. "The Diego that I know is a strong little thing, so he will fight through this! But like any baby, because that's what he is, he needs his mother by his side!"

Crandle said that any type of donation will help and will be delivered to the family by her. Crandle said, "Also just a thought or even a prayer goes a long way."

The page has raised nearly $3,700 so far. If you would like to donate, click here.

Collins was not seriously hurt. She was arrested after officers said she showed several signs of impairment during a field sobriety test, and refused breath or blood tests.