An online fundraiser has been launched for the victim of a car crash on Interstate Highway 80 in Richmond Friday night.
The victim, identified by family members by her first name Alyssa, is a high school senior who reportedly suffered major injuries in a collision involving three vehicles on eastbound I-80 just west of Macdonald Avenue at about 10:15 p.m.
The crash involving a Honda Civic, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Corolla, was not believed to have been caused by alcohol or drugs, according to the California Highway Patrol. The CHP is asking for witnesses to come forward with information.
According to the GoFundMe fundraiser established by Alyssa’s uncle and aunt, Alyssa, who works at Target, was off work and texted her mother she was on her way home. Her mother became worried when she didn’t arrive home by 10:25 p.m.
Alyssa called her daughter’s phone and an off-duty San Quentin State Prison officer answered. The off-duty officer, who “was first on scene and kept [Alyssa] breathing,” told her mother about the accident, according to her family.
Alyssa’s parents rushed out to the scene. Due to the traffic caused by the accident, her father got out of the his car and ran over a mile to the crash scene, they said. Her father couldn’t believe Alyssa survived the accident, given the condition of her car.
On Saturday, Alyssa endured a five-hour-long surgery. Her family expects a long, arduous recovery. Her aunt and uncle are raising funds to support Alyssa’s parents and three siblings with medical and other expenses. Alyssa “pays for her own car, insurance and clothes and helps with her 12 year old sister, 5 year old brother and her 1 year old sister,” they said.
To support the family, click this link to the fundraiser.
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is encouraged to contact the Oakland CHP Office at 510-457-2875 or message the CHP directly on Facebook.