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Published September 26, 2010, 07:18 PM

GF Family Holds Benefit For Victims of Deadly June Car Crash

Community members in the area are coming together to help the families of those involved in a deadly June car crash.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

Community members in the area are coming together to help the families of those involved in a deadly June car crash.

A man ran a red light near on Columbia Road, and hit another car killing two people, and injuring two others.

An event at the Eagles Club in East Grand Forks was held to raise money for the four. Guitar riffs and singing from the live band, The Great Outdoors, coupled with a spaghetti dinner never had a better purpose.

"This is important to know. My friends aren't here, but at least they're being remembered," said 22-year-old Katie Olson, a survivor of the crash.

The benefit is to raise money for the families of 21-year-old James Freestone and 19-year-old Tasha Brenno who were killed in a June car crash. Olson along with 18-year-old Michael Badurek survived.

"I broke my jaw, fractured my skull, fractured my vertabrae," said Olson.

"I had to have surgery to repair my bicep. Couldn't move my arm for a couple of days. I was in a cast for three-and-a-half months," said Badurek.

Badurek and Olson are both still recovering from the accident.

24-year-old Celso Garza hit the car the four friends were riding in after running a red light at the intersection of Columbia Road and 17th Avenue South.

Garza now faces 63 years in prison if he is convicted of a number of charges.

"People care and it was a tragedy to lose Tasha and James. Michael and Katie were hurt. To see people support them because of the outrage they feel is wonderful," said Olson's mom, Sandy Olson.

A little live music, some food and an auction with donations from area businesses, even a signed jersey from the UND hockey team, will make covering surgery and funeral costs a bit easier.

"Everyone's been really supportive and helpful. It's been good, " said Badurek.

A positive attitude also helps.

"I'm trying to be upbeat. I could be depressed, but James and Tasha wouldn't want that, and I know that, " said Olson.

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