Community rallies to help family of young father killed in crash
Updated: Saturday, April 6 2013, 05:42 PM EDT
HOLLAND, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A West Michigan community is coming together Saturday afternoon to help the family of a young father killed in a hit-and-run crash.
Joshua Owens was hit by two cars in front of The Itty Bitty Bar in Holland Township just before 1:00 am last Saturday. His older brother says he was out celebrating his wife's 21st birthday and, when he went across the street to get cab fare from an ATM, the cars drove right into him.
Police believe the drivers of the two cars were drag racing.
Jeremie Collins and Maly Phongsavanh are facing charges in Owens’ death.
Owens left behind a wife and a toddler and did not have life insurance.
His friends and family are now pulling together a three-day fundraiser, two days after Owens was laid to rest.
The fundraising efforts for Owens' family kicked off Friday night. Car enthusiasts came together at a downtown parking garage, taking donations. The event was a big success, leaving organizers “speechless,” according to the event's Facebook page.
Day two of the three-day fundraiser starts Saturday afternoon.
H-Town Euros, History in the Making and Euro Hangar will be firing up a barbeque at 2:00 pm at Dunton Park on Howard Avenue in Holland. Meals will be five dollars a plate.
Then on Sunday, they will be at Buffalo Wild Wings selling shirts and stickers and taking orders.
Checks payable to "Joshua Owens Memorial Fund"
Any Huntington Bank