Friends of Christina Hernandez create fundraiser following fatal hit-and-run
Several local businesses came together to host a fundraiser and celebration of life for Christina Martinez Hernandez, a 25-year-old Breckenridge woman who was killed in a fatal hit-and-run crash on Monday, Aug. 31.
Hernandez, remembered for her bright smile and joyful approach to life, worked at both the Blue Stag Saloon and Valdoro Mountain Lodge since she moved to Summit County one year ago. Gena Osborn, resort director for Valdoro Mountain Lodge, said proceeds will be used to transport Hernandez’s remains back to her parents in Poza Rica, Mexico.
“It’s going toward transporting her back to Mexico and burying her back there which is very expensive,” Osborn said.
During her time in Summit County, Christina Hernandez lived with her aunt, Julia Hernandez. She was remembered for her love for cooking, singing and music. Julia Hernandez added that she would talk with her niece for an hour every day, before going to bed.
“When she got her, she said, ‘people are so friendly,’” Julia Hernandez added.
The fundraiser will be held at Blue Stag Saloon from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6, featuring a silent auction, with proceeds going to Hernandez’s family. Breckenridge Distillery and Dillon Dam Brewery are contributing drinks and beer to the event, with 100 percent of drink proceeds and 50 percent of appetizer proceeds going to Hernandez’s family.
A pair of skis donated by Alpine Sports, gift cards from local restaurants, and several other items will also be up for auction.
“This was what we came up with here, that we would be able to do for them,” Heather Davis, a manager at Blue Stag, said.
Valdoro also created a website to share about Christina Hernandez’s life and raise funds, at http://www.fundsforchristina.com. A donation account was also created through Wells Fargo in Breckenridge, account number #5169300034, under the name of Christina Martinez Hernandez.
Hernandez is survived by her parents, Feliciano Martinez Rios and Micaela Hernandez Torrez, her brother, Sergio, and her aunt, Julia. Breckenridge Police continue to search for a suspect following the crash.
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