You are reading

Fundraiser for Family of 19-Year-Old East Elmhurst Woman Killed by Teenage Driver Raises $20K

The scene of the crash at 106-15 Northern Blvd. in Jackson Heights, where 19-year-old Sara Perez (pictured) was killed Thursday (GoFundMe)

Feb. 22, 2022 By Allie Griffin

A fundraiser launched for the family of a 19-year-old woman killed by a teenage driver in Jackson Heights Thursday has raised nearly $20,000 in just four days.

The fundraiser aims to help cover the burial costs associated with the death of East Elmhurst resident Sara Perez.

Perez was walking on the sidewalk in front of an auto repair shop at 106-15 Northern Blvd. Thursday when she was struck by a 16-year-old boy behind the wheel of a pickup truck who was entering the lot. The 16-year-old driver, who was allegedly unlicensed, mounted the sidewalk and pinned Perez against a wall.

She was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital but couldn’t be saved.

Sara Perez, of East Elmhurst, was fatally struck Thursday by a teenage driver who was entering into Northern Lube and Tire Shop at 106-15 Northern Blvd. (G-Maps)

Perez was struck while going to the store to buy cat food, according to the GoFundMe page set up by her cousin Sandy Molina. She was killed just over a block away from her home, which she shared with her father and sisters.

“Sara deeply cared for those she loved and especially animals,” Molina wrote on the page. “She would take in stray cats and rehab them in her family home providing them with love.”

Perez had taken in more than a dozen cats and kittens and was caring for them in her bedroom, according to two cat rescue groups that have since taken the majority of the animals for rehabilitation and fostering.

Perez reportedly had dreams of becoming a veterinarian, according to CBS New York.

The GoFundMe page benefitting her family had raised $19,448 by the time of publication. More than 350 people have already donated to the cause.

Perez’s older sister, writing on behalf of her family, thanked those who had donated.

“I first want to thank every single one of you who has donated to my little sister’s go fund me page, you’re helping us say goodbye to her in the way that she deserves, and we want you all to know that you are in our hearts and prayers as well,” she said in a statement posted to the fundraising page.

email the author: news@queenspost.com
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Urgent manhunt underway for ‘animal’ who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in Flushing park on Thursday: NYPD

The NYPD announced a $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a Hispanic man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in a wooded area of Kissena Corridor Park on Thursday afternoon.

More than sixty investigators were at the crime scene late into the night. During a press briefing by NYPD brass on Friday, Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey said that the manhunt was expanded city-wide and that the department would spare no expense until the suspect was apprehended.

Op-ed: Congestion pricing would do much more harm than good for New Yorkers

Jun. 11, 2024 By Assemblymember David I. Weprin

Like many residents throughout the five boroughs and across the New York Metro Area, I was pleasantly surprised by Governor Kathy Hochul’s decision to “indefinitely pause” the implementation of Congestion Pricing. Rather than seeing this as a cynical calculation, as some have alleged, I see the Governor’s decision as a deeply pragmatic response to the crescendo of public concerns that I and many others have raised for years. As the countdown to the June 30 implementation date neared, everyday New Yorkers did what we do best: we spoke up for ourselves and said we won’t accept a bad deal! I applaud Governor Hochul for having the courage not just to listen to us but to take a tough stand against this misguided policy.