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Friends, Community Raise $6K for Hit and Run Victim

According to a friend of Carlos Salas, 20, who was killed in an alleged hit and run on Friday, they have been holding vigil since the accident. They have been asking for donations to help the family.

have helped raise $6,000 to help the family pay for his funeral, says a friend.

An alleged hit and run driver in a 1998 black Nissan Maxima is said to have possibly hit and dragged Salas around 3:48 a.m., according to police.

Gail Krause, spokesperson for Orange County Sheriff's Department, said police are still searching for the driver of the car found about one quarter of a mile from the scene.

"The car is a black 1998 Nissan Maxima that is registered to a Dana Point resident," she said. "However, we don't know if the owner is the person who was driving the car at the time. Investigators did find physical evidence on the car that coincides with what they found at the scene. It does appear to be a hit and run accident and the man was dragged before he was left."

Salas later died of injuries at a local hospital, according to authorities. There was a skateboard found near the scene. 

Growing Group

Since his death, a group of his friends have camped out on the lawn near the site. They have posted photos of Salas, brought flowers, lit candles, and bonded over the loss of their friend.

Allison Leader, 19, a college student and Dana Hills High grad, said as of Sunday, they have collected $6,000 from those stopping by the site and giving money to help the family.

"We want Carlos to have the funeral he deserves," said Leader, who has not had the chance to join the vigil as she is away at college in Northern California. "The community has been incredible in helping out and we are hoping the person who hit him, comes forward. The group that has been out there is amazing and they don't plan on leaving the area anytime soon. They have done amazing things to help Carlos' family and to bring awareness to this terrible tragedy."

She said she knows Salas through mutual friends and will remember him as: "Hilarious and someone who made me laugh. He was genuine and a good person, he didn't deserve to die this way, nobody does."

Anyone with information on the crash, or the driver, is asked to contact investigators at 949-425-1860.

Christina Lowe September 11, 2012 at 02:54 PM
i bet it's nice to have $6000 in your pocket.... pretty soon those kids are gonna have to leave... it's a major distraction to other drivers on the street.... shouldn't they be in school anyways....
La la September 11, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Not when a close friend was plowed by a car 3 days ago. Most of them are students who attend Saddleback College. And no shit it's "distracting". Last May when dimitri vakaleris passed away no one cared at all. The police didn't do anything. Getting people to care has come down to this its not like they all want to be out there raising money for a dear friends funeral.
La la September 11, 2012 at 05:44 PM
And that money is for the funeral. Strictly.
Colleen Verruto September 11, 2012 at 06:04 PM
How inconsiderate of you,⬆ let them mourn...please explain your comment about "$6000 dollars in your pocket".. And I'm pretty sure most of them have graduated being that they are 19 and 20.
ocbaby September 11, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I understand that these kids are mourning their friend and are collecting money for a good cause however someone needs to put an end the vigil ASAP. There are kids running in the street collecting money from cars- it's not only dangerous for them but also to the drivers.
Tony Maurillo September 11, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Dear Christina, Are you of the human race?? Seriously, your last name depicts your character. You disgust me.
La la September 11, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Couldn't agree more. Thank you for all of your positive input, all of you. Theres no room for negativity at a time like this.
Marjiie Emrick September 11, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Everything goes directly to the Salas family and to pay for his funeral...do you know how much a funeral costs sir?? Too much. Thank you to everyone how has been supportive and caring. It really means the world.
cheri o September 12, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Wow..ms lowe..get a heart.."those kids" suffered a major loss and the person who caused it is still unidentified....my heart goes out to Carlos salas family and friends....they should keep vigil as long as they feel they need to...Xo
JHou September 12, 2012 at 03:34 AM
You have to be kidding me, can you be real? Just because it bothers you in some way it needs to be ended right? The selfishness of people in orange county sickens me. Just take a look at those kids on the street, there are somewhere from 10-40 kids there at all times. Looks like Carlos obviously made a bigger impact on our community then you ever will. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Belinda F. September 13, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Belinda F. This has been my community for over 20 years and I have never been more proud of the young adults that have spent day and night paying their respects to their dear friend Carlos.I apploud you all for being there to gather up donations from people, I know it was a great help for me in my car. You all have done a great thing and I'm sure the Salas family is greatful.....so forget the one party pooper (lowe) and continue on in Carlos name!!!
Kim Schmidt September 14, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Christina....I've read all of your ridiculously ignorant comments and I've had quite enough, as have all the other readers on this site. $6,000 in your pocket? Seriously? I will say this again. MY SON was one of those kids that were helping to collect money for Carlos' funeral and your heartless comments are being taken personally by me and many other people. None of these kids would dream of pocketing the money. NONE of them. How dare you? This is their second friend to be murdered at the hands of a ruthless, cold blooded coward in less than two years. I'll tell you from firsthand experience that the fact that Carlos' friends can help his family in ANY way is very therapeutic for them and gives them a reason to believe in the good of humanity after experiencing the exact opposite at the expense of the lives of Carlos and Dimitri. My son took money I had given him for food and instead bought items to clean up the sidewalk after wax from the candles spilled. He told me he didn't want anyone to slip in it. So before you say another word about the good kids that are grieving the senseless loss of their friend, I suggest you bite your tongue HARD and try to muster up some empathy. I'm sure it will be the hardest thing you've ever had to do, but it's worth a try. I'd be willing to donate some money to get help you pay for therapy sessions or maybe to purchase a heart from the Wizard of Oz. Get a life!!! This is not your business.
melissa m September 14, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Your a complete shallow idiot!
melissa m September 14, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Christina you have lot of nerve...basically accusing these kids of keeping the money for themselves? your a shallow ignorant fool. These kids are dealing with the loss of a good friend...it's called mourning, something you seem to know nothing about. Your comments are absurd! This was a young man who had a lot of friends...something I am sure you will never experience. Let his family and friends mourn however they wish. Your a miserable human being Christina!

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