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Appeal to help family following Red Wing crash tragedy

The crash killed a 17 year old girl, and seriously injured her sister, nephew and niece.
Karina Gonzalez-Baltazar

Karina Gonzalez-Baltazar

Members of a family struck by tragedy is looking for help after a horrific crash left a teenage girl dead and three of her relatives fighting for their lives.

Karina Gonzalez-Baltazar, 17, of Lake City, died in hospital on Saturday, a day after the Mercury SUV she was riding in was struck by a semi truck at it attempted to turn off of Hwy. 61 in Red Wing.

A GoFundMe page has been created and has so far raised more than $15,000 to help her family return the teenager's remains back to her native San Marcos, Guatemala.

Gonzalez was treated at the Mayo Clinic's Saint Marys Campus, suffering a cerebral hemorrhage and multiple broken bones throughout her body in the crash.

"Early Saturday morning, her heart could not handle the stress the accident put on her body and stopped working," the GoFundMe page says.

"They tried to resuscitate her, but she had already left this world and joined God."

But the money being raised through the site is not just for Gonzalez, but for her sister, nephew and niece too.

Fidelina Gonzalez, 35, who was the driver of the SUV, suffered a concussion and a shoulder fracture.

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Her two children, Beverly and Junior, aged 12 and 11, suffered even more serious injuries, with Beverly suffering seven broken ribs and lung contusions.

Junior meanwhile has a broken femur, lacerations to his eyes and face, a lung infection, and a possible spinal injury.

"Fidelina is a single mother who provided everything for Karina, Beverly, and Junior alone. Because of these injuries, she is without work," the fundraiser notes, saying the money left over after Karina Gonzalez's remains are return will go towards her family's living and medical expenses.

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