Fundraiser set for crash victims

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – Whittier resident Chris Canales regrets having asked his brother to fill in for him at his night security guard job at Se or Charlie’s bar and grill. Had he gone to work as usual, it would have been Canales, not his brother Thomas, who would have been standing near the entrance of the establishment on Santa Fe Springs Road the night an uninsured driver crashed into the building. Injured in the March 19 collision was Thomas Canales and Alejandro Vasquez of Norwalk. Vasquez worked as a disc jockey at Se or Charlie’s. “There’s part of me that says I should have been there that night,” Chris Canales said. “These guys have families they take care of. Now they don’t have the opportunity.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventNow Canales has organized a fund-raiser on Saturday to raise money to cover medical and other expenses for the two. In the accident, which occurred at about midnight, both of Canales’ legs were broken. He needed surgery on his knees and ankles. The Army reservist is now recuperating at Veterans Hospital in Long Beach. He had no private insurance coverage. Vasquez also suffered a broken leg. “They’re great people and don’t deserve what happened to them,” said Rick Jimenez, manager of Se or Charlie’s. Chris Canales said he recruited an artist he knows through his production company to perform at Saturday’s fundraiser. “With all of the people I know and resources I have, maybe I can do something to help them,” he said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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