The family of a Cherry Valley kindergarten student who was severely injured in a fatal car crash on Oct. 29 says they are thankful for the help the community has offered them during their daughter's recovery.
"Her condition has improved significantly, following surgery and outstanding care at Oakland Children's Hospital," the Mejia family said in a statement this week. "However, recovery will be long, requiring multiple forms of rehabilitation, as well as extensive efforts from all involved. We are so thankful and appreciative of everyone's continue prayers and support."
Five-year-old Jazzlin Mejia's spine was severed after a 25-year-old San Francisco man suspected of being under the influence of drugs and alcohol crashed his Jaguar into the Toyota Corolla Mejia's father was driving on Highway 121 in Sonoma.
Mejia was transported to the Oakland Children's Hospital after sustaining major injuries that could leave her paralyzed.
Mejia's father, Gustavo Mejia, 26, broke both his legs.
A passenger in the Jaguar, Sergei Beoglozan, died at the scene.
The Sonoma County District Attorney's Office filed 18 felony charges against the allegedly intoxicated driver Damodar Chandradas, 25, including vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated; causing great bodily injury and death; and possession of controlled substances with intent to sell. He is being held at the Sonoma County Jail on $1 million bail.
Locally, several fundraisers have been held for the Mejia family. Friday's Cherry Valley Kid's Cabaret raised $3,100, and an online GiveForward campaign topped more than $16,000.
On Saturday, Nov. 23, the Petaluma Farmers Market at Walnut Park will host a fundraising booth with food for sale from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
To help out the Mejia family, visit any Exchange Bank and donate to the Jazzlin Mejia Trust Fund or contribute at jazzlinmejia.com.