A fund has been established to help cover funeral expenses for five members of a family killed in a traffic collision in Lodi last week.
In a statement issued through the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, Felipe Miranda announced that the account has been established with BBVA Compass bank. Donations may be made through bank branches to the Miranda Family Funeral Account, No. 10877761.
Felipe Miranda's brother, Luis Miranda, 32, was killed Oct. 22 along with Luis' pregnant wife, Viviana Rodriguez, 31. Also killed in the crash were three of their four children: Irving, 12, Jose, 6, and Stephanie, 5. The other child, 9-year-old Eden, survived and was listed in critical condition after the crash.
Felipe Miranda said during a news conference last week that the desire is to transport the bodies of his family members to Mexico for burial. Funds will also benefit the surviving youngster.
The crash occurred at 5:21 p.m. at a busy intersection near Lodi Middle School and involved six vehicles.
Lodi police announced Monday that they intend to pursue murder charges against 28-year-old Ryan Christopher Morales, who is suspected of drunken driving in the incident. He was critically injured in the crash and remains hospitalized.