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Community Comes Together to Help Family Involved in Fatal Accident

Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- Wednesday morning NewsWest 9 spoke with someone who knew both of the families involved in the deadly crash. She's hoping the community will help out during this tragic time.

"Dig into your pocket book. I mean just $5.00 or $10.00. If everyone gave $10.00 we would have everything taken care of and take a little bit of the burden off of this family," Jamie Tisdale, family friend, said.

Tragedy struck Tuesday morning at the intersection of Papaw and 385. Two children were killed and 6 others were injured. Officials said a 2004 Ford Explorer was traveling Eastbound on Papaw, crossed into the Southbound lane of 385, and that's when a Ford F-150 crashed into the SUV.

The accident killed 10-year-old Theodore Julian and 8-year-old Gabriella Cabral. For Jamie Tisdale, this accident is personal. "My managers husband was Southbound on 385 and my neighbor that lives next store and her five children were coming out of Papaw road. They collided at that intersection."

Tisdale has set up a gofundme account (http://www.gofundme.com/cynthiasolis) in hopes to help the finical burden of not just one, but two funerals. You can also make donations at any Chase Bank. You can donate at any Chase branch. The routing number is 111000614 and account number 445544864. You can also mail in donations to Chase Bank, 3800 E. 42nd Odessa, TX 79762.

And on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. Wilson's Corner Grocery there will be having a bar-b-que. All of the proceeds raised will go to the families involved in this tragedy.

"You can pay for one loss but when you have two or three tragedies such as this where you have lost two children and another one in the hospital, it gets really expensive," Tisdale said.

Tisdale is hopeful the community will help out during this tragic time."If everyone takes care of their community and their own little corner of the world there would be nothing left to be taken care of."

A lot of NewsWest 9 viewers are concerned about safety at the intersection where that deadly accident happened.

We spoke with Gene Powell with TX-DOT today. He tell us they have plans to fix the intersection of Highway 385 and Papaw in the future.

"Every year we submit several different intersections for a federal program. A hazard elimination program is what it's called. A safety program. And we submitted Papaw and 385 a couple of years ago and its been approved for funding in 2016, which actually for us starts in October of 15," Powell said.

TX-DOT says that by 2016 there will be stop lights and flashing lights on top of stop signs at the intersection.

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