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Festival remembers 2 killed in alleged DUI crash

Posted at 11:30 PM, Mar 28, 2016
LATEST UPDATE: Jamie Espinosa's best friends are coming to terms with Jamie's death.
They wrote notes of condolence to the Espinosa family Friday, along with dozens of other friends and strangers at an annual neighborhood festival.
"I know I'm going through a hard time but this is family," said Kaylee Stein, a classmate of Jamie's. "They've known her since she was born so it's probably way more tough on them."
At last check, nearly $50,000 has been raised on the Espinosa GoFundMe page. Jamie's father remains in critical condition.
Whether it's Jamie's best friends or a stranger reaching out just because they want to give, there was something going on at this event beyond the balloons and the games.
UPDATE: The Las Vegas community is coming together after heartbreaking news that a suspected drunk driving crash took two lives -- a 10-year-old girl and her grandmother.
Thousands of dollars are pouring into a GoFundMe account and a master planned community has plans to help the family too.
"When one person is taken out of our community, we are all affected by it," said Jenna Bell with Providence Master Planned Community.
The community is sharing the GoFundMe page on their website and in their newsletter. It has been shared more than 3,000 times and raised more than $30,000. The community also wants to plant a tree in one of the community parks in honor of the deceased 10-year-old.
On Friday, the community will be holding an event called Cards For Condolences at Knickerbocker park. You can stop by from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to make a card.
California state troopers say two family members were killed when a suspected drunk driver smashed into their car.
The Las Vegas family was heading from Yosemite National Park to Porterville, California, when the unthinkable happened.
"I won't ever forget it," said witness John Gong. "I think it will haunt me and I will think of this little girl and that family for the rest of my life."
John Gong was driving with his wife when he came across the fatal crash near Fresno, California.
"It just haunts me." he said. "You know, (she was saying) save my baby, save my baby, telling her husband don't leave me."
Those tearful words were said by Charlotte Espinosa. She survived the crash, but her 10-year-old daughter did not. The grandmother died too. Espinosa's husband, George, remains in critical condition at a Fresno hospital.
California Highway Patrol says 25-year-old Cheyenne Wyllie was drunk when she blew through a stop sign and hit the family's car. Wyllie was charged with DUI and two counts of manslaughter. She is out on bail.
The family lives in northwest Las Vegas near Fort Apache Road and Grand Teton Drive. 13 Action News spoke with a neighbor who was shocked by the news.
"A nice, a good daddy, excellent daddy I should say that," Grace White said. "He's really nice to his family."
White tells 13 Action News she walks through the neighborhood every day and listens to the little girls play the piano.
"It's beautiful," said White. "They play really, really professionally even though they are so young. I give them excellent credit."
White says she is going to rally her neighborhood together to do something nice for the family.
"This is so shocking," she said. "When you told me the news, it's (shocking) news for me. I don't know what else to say. I'm just so sorry for them."
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