Community comes together to help newlyweds after tragic crash
It happened on an isolated stretch of Texas highway. Newlyweds Alberto Halpern and Alexsandra Annello were on their way to see the Marfa lights.
That's when the driver of a pickup truck drove head-on into their SUV. Halpern was critically injured in that crash.
“It was just a really terrible day," said El Paso County Commissioner David Stout, who is Halpern's friend and boss. "I was in disbelief all day.”
Halpern, who is one of the Stout's staff members, remains in a rehabilitation hospital a month after the crash.
“There were broken bones everywhere," said Stout. "Two legs and arm, his back, his face was shattered, he broke the steering wheel with his face, as well.”
Alexandra Annello, who avoided serious injury, had just been elected to El Paso City Council a few days before the crash. The couple could've never imagined that their first week as husband and wife would turn tragic. The driver of the pickup truck died at the scene.
“Totally stunned," said friend Karla Frausto. "Completely shocked and devastated”
In order to help the couple with their current and future medical bills, their friends and family are hosting a fundraiser at Tin Man in West El Paso.
“All it takes is one time to meet those two, they are great people," said Moises Valdez, the co-owner of Tin Man and a friend. "It’s unbelievable how nice they are. They’re genuine. They’re easily loved and I think that’s why it’s been so easy for people to be part of this event.”
The fundraiser will include a silent auction.
“All the proceeds from the silent auction go directly to them, to Beto and Alex," said Frausto. "And we are going to continue to support them.”
Friday's fundraiser will include food trucks and prizes - a community coming together to help in a time of need.
“They are amazing people and El Pasoans come together and we help each other and we are here for them,” said Frausto.
"We hope people from the community can come around and meet here at Tin Man and participate and help raise some funds," said Valdez.
“He still has a long way to go," said Stout. "But he’s a fighter.”
The fundraiser is happening Friday July 21 at Tin Man at Montecillo, which is located at 5001 N. Mesa. The silent auction will be from 4 to 8:30 pm.