DOWNTOWN — The son of a Santa Monica woman who was killed in a hit-and-run over the weekend is asking for help to pay for medical and funeral costs.
Crystyan Fernandez created an account on gofundme.com with the goal of raising $18,000. His professor at Santa Monica College, Jaime Cruz, sent out a mass e-mail urging people to donate.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I reach out to you all and ask that you kindly make a donation of any amount to help out Crystyan Fernandez,” Cruz wrote. “ Crystyan’s mom was a single mother who worked as a housekeeper in Santa Monica. He’s also an only child. More than often, working-class students have to deal with all sorts of trauma, with very limited emotional, financial, and psychological support to move forward. It’s also important to note that working-class families highly value education, and Crystyan is determined to complete his education.”
Fernandez could not be reached for comment.
His mother, Elisa Alvarez Orozco, 47, was struck and killed around 10 p.m. Saturday in Inglewood just after she helped to put her toddler cousin into a car seat following a birthday party for a family member.
The driver, identified by authorities as 38-year-old Jesus Cazares, of Inglewood, turned himself in to police Sunday and has plead not guilty to one felony county of leaving the scene of an accident and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter.
His bail is set at $50,000 and is currently in county jail on an immigration hold, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department website.
His next appearance is Nov. 13 in Inglewood Superior Court.
He could face a maximum of four years in state prison if he is convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
To help Fernandez and his family, visit gofundme.com/4vyn38
“Her smile and laugh could light up the darkest room,” Fernandez wrote about his mother on the website. “Her life was taken very unfairly, and we appreciate all the help and support we can get. Every little bit helps.”