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Community raises more than $26,000 to help crash victim's recovery
JEFFERSON COUNTY- by Haley Bull
A community raised more than $26,000 for the family of 13-year old Cecilia Olvera. She's been hospitalized since February after she was hit and pinned underneath a truck just moments after stepping off her school bus.
Saturday, dozens of people came together at Nutty Jerry's in Winnie for a benefit to raise money for her family and her recovery.
"I feel so happy just to see how the people are responding to a good cause," Olvera's aunt, Norma Olvera, said.
The event included food, a live auction and car show.
"You're gonna incur expenses and it's gonna be long term and you know we hope whatever we get here for her will help them," event organizer Lisa Burchett said.
13-year old Cecilia Olvera has been hospitalized since a February collision. A man driving a pick-up truck towing a trailer told state troopers he didn't see a stopped Hamshire-Fannett school bus on Hwy. 73. He slammed on his brakes, swerved and lost control, hitting Olvera and her 14-year old brother. Cecilia was pinned under the trailer and her brother beneath the truck.
Her brother has since recovered from his injuries, but Cecilia is still undergoing treatment at a hospital in Chicago.
"It's really tough because me and her, we'd always laugh together and sit at the same table, she was my best friend," Camryn Burchett said. "It just makes me so happy and heart warming that all these people can show up in one place."
Olvera's father told KFDM News Cecilia is moving her arm and leg, but says they're not sure whether or not she can walk. She is starting to talk.
Lisa Burchett found that out through a phone call.
"Here you know this child is going through all these trials herself and she's gonna take time out of her you know her rehab and everything to call us, thank us for putting on this benefit for her, so you know what a special child she is," Burchett said.
The young girl is tying the community together with one shared message.
"I just hope she gets better," Camryn Burchett said.