Community mobilizes to support Redwood City family injured in DUI crash
The Peninsula community comes together to support a Redwood City family seriously injured in DUI collision in Sonoma County by launching a GoFundMe fundraising to help alleviate their medical bills and also a Change.org petition calling for justice.
These efforts stem from a chain reaction accident on Route 101 northbound in Rohnert Park on Saturday April 10, when five members of the Palencia-Valesquez family – Ivone, Manuel, Paola, Lourdes and Kathy – were seriously injured. injured by a Chevrolet The Silverado pickup ended their car while they were stopped in traffic.
According to Mia Manamea, a close family friend, the Sonoma County district attorney charged Agustin DeLaRiva, 29, with 13 counts, including a DUI felony causing serious bodily harm, a vehicle stolen by felony, a hit and run, causing serious bodily harm while on the commission. of a felony, previous DUI improvement, driving with a suspended license suspended, driving a vehicle without an alcohol anti-ignition device and possession of eight pounds of cannabis.
Manamea has organized GoFundMe, which seeks to raise $ 150,000 for the family’s medical bills. As of this writing, the fundraiser currently stands at $ 132,230.
According to Manamea, “Four of the survivors were sent to local hospitals, while another required a helicopter transfer to Stanford hospital for emergency resuscitation. My best friend went straight to surgery when he arrived and is expecting a second surgery in the next few days (if not within hours). “
On the Change.org page, which Manamea created with Johanna Rasmussen, she provided this update on the family’s state of health: “Mother Lourdes Valesquez was airlifted to Stanford Hospital with injuries. life-threatening brain effects that remain unaffected. Two of her children remain in intensive care in Santa Rosa. Her daughter Ivone Palencia has already had three surgeries and her son Manuel Palencia remains in a medically induced coma. His daughter Paola, who also suffered serious injuries in the accident, was released from the hospital.
The change.org petition calls for those backing DeLaRiva’s bail to be increased due to the serious injuries it is believed to have caused to the Palencia-Valesquez family and reflect the danger it poses to the safety of people. people in Sonoma County and neighboring communities.
According to the petition page, DeLaRiva’s next hearing date is scheduled for Wednesday, May 26 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 9. People are encouraged by Manamea and Rasmussen to attend the virtual hearing via the Superior Court liveaudiostream. from Sonoma County on Youtube.
With a goal of 2,500 signatures, currently 1,832 people have signed the Change.org petition, which is addressed to Sonoma County Superior Court Judge, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill R. Ravitch and Director of victim services Gloria Eurotas.
Photo of the Palenica-Valesquez family courtesy of Mia Manamena