Snohomish community rallies at fundraiser for families of West Seattle Bridge crash victims

SNOHOMISH, Wash. — The Snohomish community banded together Wednesday to support the families of two 18-year-olds who were killed by a wrong-way driver last week.

Dozens of cars could be seen outside a Mcdonald’s on Avenue D, where a fundraiser was held in memory of Riley Danard and Khalea Thoeuk.

“I didn’t know Khalea, but Riley was the sweetest kid. He would do anything for anybody,” said Peggy Canell. “It is a really sad time, and I just want to say thanks to this community. You know, Snohomish always seems to pull together, you know, to help people, and this really shows how much they love their community.”

Danard was a Snohomish High School graduate, and Thoeuk was a senior there.

The pair were out celebrating Danard’s 18th birthday last Wednesday when their car was struck head-on by a pickup truck driving the wrong way on the West Seattle Bridge.

Police said the truck driver showed signs that he was impaired. He is under investigation for vehicular homicide.

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