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Crime Stoppers raising money for funeral of 9-year-old killed in drunken driving crash

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 22, 2013 at 7:24 am |
March 22, 2013 7:24 am

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is helping raise money for the funeral of a 9-year-old boy killed in a suspected drunken driving crash in Purdy last weekend.

A memorial for Donovan Best is set for Sunday in the Garden Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home in Lakewood.

Expenses are nearing $6,000, which the family is struggling to meet.

“No matter what you think about the incident this boy deserves to be remembered and buried with his family,” said Ed Troyer of Crime Stoppers.

Donovan died Sunday after his uncle rolled a vehicle while trying to exit state Route 16 in Purdy. The little boy, who state troopers say was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car. His 8-year-old sister was belted in and not injured.

Prosecutors have charged the uncle, Jaycee Randall, with vehicular homicide and reckless endangerment. They say he was more than the twice the legal limit on alcohol and had about 4 ounces of marijuana in his car.

Donations can be made via their PayPal page or by mailing a check to Crime Stoppers at 6824 19th St. W. #139, University Place, WA 98466.

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