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Fundraisers To Be Held For Family Of Father, Son Killed In Crash

NEW HUDSON (WWJ) - Support continues to pour in for the family of a New Hudson man and his 9-year-old son who were both killed last week in an early morning accident along Pontiac Trail in rural Oakland County.

A pair of fundraising dinners and a sports memorabilia auction are planned next week in memory of Pedro and Steven Montanez.

Kim Dancer, principal of Kent Lake Elementary School — where 36-year-old Pedro Montanez often volunteered, and his three children attended classes — talked with WWJ's Jon Hewett about some of the auction items.

"We have two sets of four Red Wings tickets for the tenth row. We also received a Tom Izzo-signed basketball with two tickets to a Michigan State game. We have a Red Wings team jersey that's coming to us, signed by the team," she said. "So we are getting a lot of donations."

[Pothole May Have Been Factor In Crash That Killed Father, Son]

The entire South Lyon school district is planning a "white out" during which everyone will wear white Friday in the family's honor.

The idea, Dancer said, came from students.

"I can't put into words how proud I am of the way the students have responded," she said. "When they were writing cards to the family, some of the letters I read brought tears to my eyes."

Tuesday's planned fundraising dinner will be held at Leo's Coney Island in New Hudson.

[Get complete fundraiser information here].

"This community is very special," said Leo's owner Sam Ayoub  "It's like one family."

Two other children were injured in the crash Jan. 20, with snowy conditions and a pothole being blamed for the accident.


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