Friends raise money for victims in deadly, fiery crash - KCTV5

Friends raise money for victims in deadly, fiery crash

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A fiery crash killed two teens and put five other teens in the hospital. Now their friends are trying to help those who survived.

A group of about 20 youth raised $516 washing cars Tuesday at an Advance Auto Parts on Truman Road in Kansas City. They will come back to do it again Wednesday to help pay for the teens' burials.

It was a horrific sight Sunday morning along 18th Street after a Ford Explorer threw seven teens into the street before bursting into flames.

Horrifying crash changes lives of SUV full of teenagers

The crash came just minutes after police tried to question the kids, who were hanging out in the parking lot of a Walmart on Roe Boulevard at 3 a.m.

The driver, 18-year-old Alex Medina, sped off. He and his passenger, Karla Robledo, 18, also died. Most of the other passengers, between 15 and 19, were badly hurt.

2 dead after speeding car crashes, catches fire

One friend raising money Tuesday said it was a wake up call.

"It should be a learning experience for everybody and all kids around the world. They should take a look at this and learn from it, because the commercials say to put your seat belt on and some people don't. My advice is to put it on because you never know what can happen," Jose Payan said.

Payan said he didn't know why the group ran from police. He said they all went to school together at Northeast High School in Kansas City, MO.

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