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Benefit planned for Cedar Falls crash victims

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 A community is coming together following the death of three young people killed in a crash. Two men are working to support the four families affected by the Cedar Falls crash by planning a benefit for next weekend.

The crash happened January 12 around 5:00 p.m. near the intersection of Viking Road and Winterberry Drive. Cedar Falls Police say a driver was speeding down Viking Road when he lost control, crossed the center line and hit an SUV carrying a family.

Police say the three people in the speeding car, Elijah James Showalter, 20, Daniel James Delagardelle, 21, and Brady J. Hagenstein, 16, all died. All three victims were from Waterloo.

Dozens of people in the Cedar Valley have been affected by that terrible accident.

"It was kind of unreal, you know the pictures that I've seen, seeing a car split apart, how does that happen?" said Dustin Newhoff, benefit organizer. "It was just unbelievable, it was tragic to see it."

The benefit next weekend is meant to show the families impacted that the community is behind them and wants to help them heal. Organizers Jay Wolfe and Dustin Newhoff are determined to help all four families.

"It hit home...trying to figure out a way we can help them was our biggest thing, just stepping up within the community and doing what we can," said Wolfe.

The duo has planned a benefit to raise money to help with funeral expenses for the families of Delagardelle, Hagenstein and Showalter. The benefit will also raise money for Stacy and Ronald Harmon and their 9-year-old daughter, who were injured in the crash.

"It's unfortunate that three families have to bury their kids at such a young age, and they have the funeral expenses for that, but the family also has medical expenses and some sort of trauma expenses from experiencing something like that," said Newhoff. "We felt it was important to include all of them and not just single out the kids."

All of the proceeds will be equally distributed between the families. Organizers are hopeful the communities support will help them heal.

"I think it will help the families more than anything showing that the community is behind them," said Newhoff.

The benefit will be held next Saturday at New Adventures in Waterloo. It will run from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. There will be a battle of the DJ's featuring four of the Cedar Valley's DJ's. Each DJ will raise funds for the event as they battle to showcase skills.

Customers also have the option to round up their tab at the end of the night or donate their change from cash transactions at the bar and grill to support the families.

An auction is planned as well. For more information on the benefit CLICK HERE.

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