By Toni DeRosa
Wasco Tribune 

City remembers boys who died in crash with fundraiser


Last updated 5/6/2021 at 6:20am | View PDF

Toni DeRosa | Wasco Tribune

Cashiers Johanna Reyes and Valentina Escobar took the money for the orders.

The community came together last weekend to host a taco fundraiser in honor of two young men who died in a crash April 20.

Toni DeRosa | Wasco Tribune

Two of the organizers of the taco fundraiser were Elizabeth Tapia and Flor Olvera.

Ricardo Antonio Trujillo Acosta, Jr., 19, and Javier Mora, Jr., 19, died from the impact during the crash at the intersection of Highway 42 and Fresno Avenue. Suzette Lean Dobbs, 79, of Shafter, was the driver in the second vehicle and also died from the impact.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Olvera, Tapia, Comparan and Reyes families held a fundraiser for both boys. Participants could get four tacos and a beverage and could make a personal donation to either one of the two boys.

"Ricky was my son's best friend," Flor Olvera said. "They were supposed to go to the beach this weekend."

Participants had a choice of Asada or chicken soft shell tacos with seasonings such as green onions, green sauce and limes and radishes.

"This was a true community and surrounding counties effort," Olvera said.

A similar fundraiser was also held in Shafter for Dobbs over the weekend.

The accident is still under investigation.


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