PALMDALE – This past weekend the community came out and dug deep to support the family of Michael “Speedy” Valenzuela, the soccer-playing Knight High School graduate killed in a school bus crash on March 25.
A fundraiser car wash at Sky Burgers on East Palmdale Boulevard drew a huge turnout on Saturday. The car wash, which was organized by the Palmdale Youth Soccer League and Agents of Change, raised more than $4,000.
One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Valenzuela family to help cover the cost of the funeral.
The Palmdale Youth Soccer League has also gathered more than one thousand signatures, so far, on a petition to install a traffic light at the intersection where Valenzuela was struck by a school bus as he rode his bicycle to soccer practice. (Read more on the collision here.)
At least five identical petitions are being circulated right now, and the group hopes to present the signatures to the Palmdale City Council at its next scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 3.
To add your signature to the list, contact Kat Sanchez at 661-733-1973 for more information on where the petitions will be located or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To make a personal donation to the Valenzuela family, visit any Bank of America and ask to donate to the account of Juan and Michael Valenzuela. The account number is 325019314271.
There will be an additional fundraiser this coming weekend. The details will be announced as soon as they become available.