UPDATE On Surviving Crane Girl 7/26/13
CBS 7 News
**Update 10:00 a.m.**
CRANE-A friend of the Alvarez family told us that Maritza is doing much better. She was transferred to a larger hospital on Monday in Guadalajara The 15-year-old is still in the ICU, but doctors expect to move her to a regular room by tomorrow.
Doctors estimate Maritza to be in the hospital for another six weeks, and they don’t think it’s convenient at this time for her to know about the deaths of her parents and older sister.
The community is doing a nine days of prayer at the Alvarez’s house in Crane, that began on Wednesday night at 8.
**UPDATE 11:00 p.m.**
Crane - News of the wreck spread quickly in Crane, many came together to pay their respects for the Alvarez family in a joint candle light vigil.
The candlelight vigil was scheduled Monday night to remember young Marco Lomeli who died of brain cancer one year ago. However after the news of the Alvarez family's fatal car crash spread, the vigil grew.
After speaking with friends and family members, there’s nothing but fond memories within the community.
“She was like the most caring person ever, she always wanted to make sure people were happy and would do her best to make people smile,” 16 year old Diego Garcia said about Stephanie Alvarez.
**Update 8:15 p.m.**
An account has been made at the Security Bank in Crane for anyone who wishes to make a donation. People can either go in or call the bank and ask to make a donation to the Alvarez family account.
Alexis Santiago, resident of Crane, is in the process of setting up a candlelight vigil for the Alvarez family. She said balloons have already been donated and she’s found a local resident to sing a special song for the family.
Those who wish to purchase a T-shirt in memory of the Alvarez family can call Crystal Sharp at 432-559-1566. Sizes vary from a youth extra small up to adult 4X.
UPDATE- A friend of the Alvarezes family said both of the tires from the passenger side of the family’s vehicle blew out. Shortly after a police officer parked his vehicle beside their vehicle. Ricardo, Rosalinda, Stephanie, Maritza and the police officer were in the middle of both vehicles, when another car lost control and ran over them. The other vehicle flipped and ended up in a ditch.
Rosalinda, Ricardo and 16-year-old Stephanie Alvarez, were killed on their way home from visiting family in Mexico. Their two other children, 15-year-old Maritza and 8-year-old Leo survived,
According to family friends Maritza Alvarez is still in critical condition. Some of the family of the Alvarezes left this morning for Mexico.
People in the community will be holding a bake sale on Wednesday to raise funds for funeral expenses in Mexico. A local store, Sparkle and Shine, will be selling shirts to raise funds as well for the family. Stephanie’s twirling coach Jessica Conlee said that a funeral for the family will be held in Crane as well, but no date has been confirmed.
Anyone who wishes to make a donation can call Jessica Conlee at 432-559-1566.