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Fundraiser hosted for crash victim

Posted: July 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.


More than $1,000 was raised Sunday for the family of 20-year-old Luis Castillo Jr., killed in a crash on Soledad Canyon Road two weeks ago.

“We will hit our goal of donating a minimum of $1,000 to the Fund,” Mike Wilson, owner of Jersey Mike’s Subs, said Sunday.

“Our terrific customers donated over $300,” he said. “The crew at Jersey Mike’s Subs donated their tips for the day which will total approximately $100.”

A steady stream of customers visited the sub shop on Soledad near Vilna Avenue, said Wilson, who called in extra staff for the fundraiser.

“It’s been a terrific turnout,” he said behind the counter of his shop behind half a dozen busy workers preparing food.

At mid-day Sunday, he had already taken in more than $1,400 in sales.

A gallon jar inside the shop, bearing Castillo’s picture, was stuffed with dollar bills.

“There’s been some lines today,” Wilson said. “But, everyone’s been patient because they know why they’re here.”

Castillo’s brother, 24-year-old Anthony Hernandez, was still reported to be in a coma at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital two weeks after the crash

Castillo was killed and Hernandez was seriously injured in an early morning crash July 10 when the car he was driving left the roadway and struck a raised center median on Soledad just west of Camp Plenty Road.

Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, the sub shop raised money. Wilson is turning more than 25 percent of all its purchases made that day to the victim’s family.

“The turnout has been great,” said Castillo’s longtime friends Danny Montoya and Tara Flint.



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