LANCASTER – A fundraiser is being held this Friday to help with burial expenses for Daniel Colato, the 18-year-old driver killed in a head-on collision with a suspected drunken driver.
The fundraiser will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 19, at The Pizza Experience, located at 38045 47th Street East in Palmdale. The restaurant will donate 15 percent of its proceeds to the Colato family when diners present this flyer [get it here].
Daniel Colato died Monday, June 15, when his Honda Accord collided with a Ford F-350 pickup truck on 30th Street East near East Avenue Q in Palmdale. The pickup truck’s driver allegedly crossed into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision between the vehicles, according to the California Highway Patrol. Daniel’s sister, Kayla Colato, was riding in the passenger seat, and she suffered major injuries in the crash.
The pickup truck’s driver, Galo Nelson Campana, was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.
Campana was charged Thursday with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with a .08% blood alcohol content causing injury, according to court records. The criminal complaint alleges that Campana had a blood alcohol concentration that was 0.15 percent or more at the time of the crash that killed Colato.
Daniel Colato was a fun-loving young man with lots of friends, and he will be missed by many, according to close friend Jacqueline Valladares.
“Daniel was a very loving boy, he was very respectful and he loved his family very much,” Valladares said. “He was very close with his sister, Kayla.”
Friends and family will also hold a car wash fundraiser this Saturday, June 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Camacho Auto Sales, located at 1358 E. Palmdale Boulevard [near 15th Street East], Valladares said. All proceeds from the car wash fundraiser will help cover funeral expenses for Daniel, she added.
An online memorial fundraiser was also established for those who would like to donate online. To do so, visit: http://www.youcaring.com/kayla-colato-colato-family-373854
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