Car Wash Fundraiser Held for Family of Good Samaritan Killed in Crash

The family said the proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the children's college education.

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    Friends and loved ones held a carwash fundraiser Saturday for the family of the good Samaritan who was killed earlier this month as he tried to help two teens on the road. NBC 6's Claudia DoCampo reports. (Published Saturday, Apr 26, 2014)

    Friends and loved ones held a car wash fundraiser Saturday for the family of the good Samaritan who was killed earlier this month as he tried to help two teens on the road.

    Volunteers from the City of Coral Gables and local police and fire departments scrubbed down cars for the family of 45-year-old Eduardo Hernandez.

    "My husband's life was taken because he was doing something for somebody else," wife Fatima Hernandez said.

    Eduardo Hernandez was killed April 13th as he tried to help two teens who had just been involved in a crash.

    Police said the two 17-year-olds, Carolina Agreda and Anapaula Saldana, were traveling northbound on Southwest 157th Avenue in a red Toyota Corolla when they collided with a gray Chevy Equinox traveling westbound on Southwest 56th Street.

    The two vehicles collided at the intersection and the Equinox spun and came to a final stop facing eastbound on the eastbound lanes, police said.

    The two young women got out of the Corolla and Eduardo Hernandez stepped out of a third vehicle to help them. While he was trying to help the women, police said a red KIA Forte coming westbound struck the Corolla and the pedestrians, killing the three on scene.

    More than $10,000 had been raised at the car wash by Saturday afternoon, and family members said the funds would go towards the education of Eduardo Hernandez's children.

    "We have gotten support from people that we don't even know," said Fatima Hernandez. "It's an outpour of support that we've received because it is a horrific act."

    Eduardo Hernandez was honored earlier this week by the City of Coral Gables, where he was an employee. His wife and three children were presented with the key to the city in his honor.

    "It was a tragic loss," said Coral Gables Police Officer Tony Miguellis. "Eddy Hernandez was a great man, being a good Samaritan. He lost his life trying to be a super hero."

    Christopher Masferrer, the 30-year-old driver of the SUV that struck and killed Eduardo Hernandez and the two teens, was arrested Friday and faces numerous charges. Masferrer faces three charges each of reckless vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter with failure to render aid. Two other charges were also filed against Masferrer, DUI with serious bodily injury and DUI damage to property or person.

    He is currently being held on $28,500 bond. It is unclear if he has an attorney.