Yuma community comes together to help 9-year-old boy injured in


Yuma community comes together to help 9-year-old boy injured in car crash

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YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – There's no work yet on the condition of a 9-year-old Yuma boy who was seriously hurt in a two-car crash last week on his way to school.

Alan Higuera's mother tells 13 On Your Side he is still in the intensive care unit at Children's Hospital in Phoenix.

Police say they're still trying to figure out the cause of the crash. It happened in front of Ronal Reagan Elementary School on 16th Street and 31st Drive.

Alan was a passenger in one of the cars. But unlike other school zones where the speed limit is 15 miles per hour, the speed limit in front of this school is 35 miles per hour.

One concerned parent told us this crash was inevitable given how fast drivers go down that street.

He has vowed to take this issue to City Council to get them to lower the speed limit.

The City has told us that by federal law, before it can change the speed limit, it has to conduct a traffic study.

During a time when people are getting ready to give thanks and celebrate with their loved ones this Thanksgiving, one Yuma woman is giving back in the form of a fundraising effort to help the boy and his family as he spends this holiday in the hospital.

13 On Your Side spoke to Yessica Guzman, who is making rolled tacos to raise money for the family of the injured 9-year-old—who is fighting for his life in the Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Guzman says her reason for doing this is because she has children of her own and one of the happens to be close friends with Alan.

"He's really upset because it was his best friend who was involved in that accident," Guzman says of her son. Guzman adds that as a mother, she felt she had to do something to help. "To go through a situation like that it could be really hard," Guzman said. "It's really hard just thinking about it. It's horrible."

Guzman and her friends came together to make rolled tacos to raise money for the Higuera family.

She says the Yuma community has been very supportive but that the family still needs lots of help.

Also, she is need of volunteers. Alan's mother Brenda tells 13 On Your Side she is very grateful to the Yuma Community for their support.

If you'd like to place an order for rolled tacos to help Alan and his family, you can email Guzman at  yadiraguzman@ymail.com

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