Co-worker helps raise money for family injured in I-95 crash

10-year-old boy declared brain dead, mother in coma, woman says


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – A woman is raising money for her co-worker's family after they were seriously injured in a crash last weekend on Interstate 95 in Hallandale Beach.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said three vehicles were heading south Sunday on the highway's inside general purpose lane when one of the vehicles, a Nissan Altima, slowed for traffic ahead. A Toyota 4Runner hit the left rear end of the Nissan with its front end. 

Troopers said the impact caused the Nissan to travel across the southbound lanes. The Toyota spun in the lane and was hit on the left side by a GMC pickup truck. The Toyota overturned in the express lanes and caught fire. 

Pamela Candia is raising money for her co-worker, who was injured in the crash.

"My co-worker and her 10-year-old son sat in the back seat as her husband and his childhood friend sat in the front," Candia posted on a GoFundMe page. "They seem to have minor and survivable injuries, but my co-worker and her 10-year-old son are both in a coma."

Candia said the boy, identified by authorities as William Castro, has been declared brain dead and will be taken off life support.

Authorities identified the other people inside the Nissan as Luis Castro, 41, Angel Azahares Pavilat, 42, and Miriam Sanchez, 47.

Troopers said four people were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital, three as trauma alerts.

Further investigation revealed that there might have been a fourth vehicle involved that traveled from the express lanes into the general purpose lanes and caused the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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