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Donors help family who lost son, 7, in crash

01/09/2013 07:26 EST | Updated 03/11/2013 05:12 EDT
A mother and son now both face charges in connection with a hit-and-run crash on Highway 401 that killed a seven-year-old boy on New Year's Day.

Police have charged Luisa Baladaris with obstruction.

Her son, Jose Olmedo Renteria, is charged with criminal negligence causing death and failing to remain at the scene.

Jacoub Favila, 7, was one of six children and two adults riding in a van travelling west on Highway 401 near Dixie Road when it was struck from behind by a silver Hummer.

The driver of the Hummer left the scene and later abandoned the vehicle in the area.

Jacoub was rushed to Trillium Health Centre but did not survive. The other occupants of the van were not hurt.

Donors step in to help

Now as they prepare to bury their son, the Favila family is getting some financial support from strangers.

Blair McDonnell, a police dispatcher, and his wife Dalida Matias, a Toronto police detective, were off duty and travelling on the highway on the day of the collision. They were among the first on the scene and tried to save Jacoub.

“We have a family ourselves it could have been us, we were right behind them,” said Matias.

McDonnell said after witnessing the crash, they wanted to help.

McDonnell and Matias presented the Favilas with a cheque for $3,500 on Tuesday. The money was collected in donations.

“If they need anything long term, we are hoping to provide the finances to make that possible," he said. “The funeral costs these days and perhaps long term social work involvement is going to be costly so we thought we could do our part and help at least that aspect of their life be a little bit easier."

Jacoub's mother Bloomy says the family is grateful for the support.

“We just want to say thank you, for all the good people out there, who keep on praying and helping,” she said.

On Wednesday the family will hold a visitation for Jacoub at a Scarborough funeral home before they bury him on Friday.

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