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Mead community holds fundraiser for teens involved in crash

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MEAD, Wash. -

Friends of two teens involved in a bad crash on Highway 395 over the weekend are coming together with businesses in the community to help their families using something as simple as a cup of coffee.

If you ask Makenna Knowles or anyone else who's friends with Taigen Balbi and Bailey Roach, you'll hear the same thing. The two were inseparable and brought smiles to the faces of everyone who knew them.

Saturday, Bailey was killed and his best friend Taigen was seriously injured when their was hit on Highway 395 by a drunk driver who witnesses say was speeding at more than 100 mph.

Makenna says she felt helpless like a lot of students at Mt. Spokane and wanted to do something to help the families of their friends when they needed it most.

"With Taigen's medical expenses, Bailey's funeral expenses, all that is going to come to a dollar amount that they shouldn't have to worry about," Makenna says. "Everyone in the community can feel like they're helping them in some way."

Makenna says Taigen and Bailey were regulars at Mead area coffee stands, so along with her friend Peyton, the two approached those stands who were more than willing to help out in any way they could.

"It feels really good to help," says Kaylie Miesler with Hwy Grind Espresso. "A lot of people were really touched by it."

So over the next few days those coffee stands will be donating money they collect to the families of the boys, saying it's what a close-knit community does for each other.

Taigen continues his recovery in the hospital Wednesday. He remains in critical condition.

29-year-old Ramiro Sanchez was arrested after the crash. He's now being held on charges of vehicular homicide.

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