GRANDVIEW — A fundraiser is planned tonight to help the families of the three boys involved in Tuesday’s fatal car crash, while the sole survivor was still in critical condition Thursday.
A benefit account for one of the boys has also been established at Key Bank.
Juniors Kevin Lopez and Carlos Ochoa, both 16, died Tuesday night when the car they were riding in crashed into a thicket of trees off Evans Road, north of town.
The driver of the Dodge Neon SRT, 17-year-old Jovannie Razo, also a student at the school, remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.
Razo’s mother told high school staff members Thursday that her boy is “responding,” Superintendent Kevin Chase said in an email to all district employees.
“Many miles to go, but he seems to be taking some steps forward,” Chase wrote.
Meanwhile, the Grandview High School sports booster clubs will hold a 3-point shooting contest and a Dash-for-Cash tonight during both the girls and boys home basketball games against East Valley to benefit the three families. The girls play at 5:45 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m.
Donations for Ochoa’s family can be made at any Key Bank. It’s easiest for the bank if donors provide his parents’ names (Enrique and Leticia Ochoa) and the last digits of the account number (3310).
Benton County sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate but so far blame excessive speed as the most likely cause of the crash. They do not suspect drugs or alcohol played a role, though the Benton County coroner will perform a toxicology screen, a routine part of fatality crash investigations.
Viewing and visitation for Ochoa will be from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at Smith Funeral Home in Grandview, with a rosary at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 p.m. Monday at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview, with a burial to follow at Grandview Cemetery.
Viewing and visitation for Lopez will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, with a rosary at 6 p.m., at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview.
• Ross Courtney can be reached at 509-930-8798 or firstname.lastname@example.org.