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. Taigen Balbi is back at home after spending months in the hospital. . Taigen Balbi is back at home after spending months in the hospital.
SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

Great news on Friday for a family that has suffered through a lot. Taigen Balbi is back at home after spending months in the hospital after a terrible car crash in mid-June. The crash happened on Highway 395 and killed his best friend Bailey Roach.

The man accused of causing the crash that killed Roach and put Balbi in the hospital for nearly two months is 29-year-old Ramiro Sanchez. He remains in the Spokane County jail. He's been there since the night of the crash. Police say he was driving drunk.

Friends are thrilled with the news that Balbi is now out of the hospital and back at home.       

"I am so happy. I am so glad he is doing better and he is out of the hospital. It's amazing," said Sydnee Mack, who works at Bean Me Up Espresso.

So much love pouring out from the community that the Bean Me Up Espresso is still showing to this day. "We are trying to raise $5,000. We are pretty close. We also have stickers that we are selling and then bracelets too," said Mack.

The memorial for Balbi's best friend Roach still sits outside near the espresso stand as a reminder that the two friends were inseparable. "They are super funny, very lovable always goofy. We all want him (Taigen) to come back through and be able to come by and still have the feelings that he always did when he came by the stand," said Mack. 

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