Santa Monica fire officials have established a fund for the family of a 2-year-old boy who was killed Friday in a multi-vehicle freeway crash. The toddler’s 17-year-old brother was injured in the collision.
Noah Looney died as a result of injuries he sustained in the incident, which occurred on the 10 Freeway in the McClure Tunnel, authorities said.
His brother, Jeremiah Looney, remained at UCLA Westwood Medical Center on Sunday after suffering moderate injuries, the Santa Monica Fire Department said on Facebook.
The California Highway Patrol had initially said Jeremiah was in critical condition after suffering major injuries.
“Santa Monica firefighters met with the family this morning and presented them with an initial $500 to help out with immediate needs of food and clothes,” the Facebook post said. “Over the next few days, Santa Monica firefighters will be checking in on them, providing whatever assistance they need and providing them with ‘home-cooked meals’ from the firehouse.”
The $500 was part of a $1,000 donation from the Santa Monica Firefighters Association, which set up the fund for the Las Vegas family. The two adults and five children were on a vacation trip at the time of the crash.
The incident occurred when a semi-truck approached a blind curve inside the tunnel at an excessive speed, then sideswiped the family’s minivan, the CHP said.
Donations to the fund can be made by cash or check to: SMFF – Looney Family, 222 Hollister Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405; or by transfer to Chase Bank account No. 3095918057. For more information, contact Battalion Chief Mark Bridges at 805-990-1497 or firstname.lastname@example.org.