CARSON CITY, NV - Friday, the Carson City Deputy Sheriff’s Association is hosting a Cruise Night for Colton and Alexis. 8-year-old Alexis Melendrez and her 3-year-old brother Colton died of injures from a car accident on highway 50, in Mound House last week that also killed their father. The Cruise Night will raise money to help their mother with unexpected funeral and medical expenses.
According to the Nevada Highway Patrol David Melendrez, was driving last Friday night when his car drifted into oncoming traffic on highway 50. His Honda sideswiped an SUV, then hit a pickup head-on. David Melendrez died at the scene. Alexis succumbed to her injuries the next day. Colton held on until Wednesday.
Now in addition to the loss of her children Natasha Johnson is left with expensive medical bills and their funeral costs. Her fiancé Don Gibson is a Carson City Sheriff's Deputy. His friends and coworkers are trying to help the couple overcome the loss in anyway that they can. “I can’t even imagine what it would be like,” says family friend Evynn Fair. “I want to ease their pain, but I understand that I can’t.”
Friday’s event in Carson City features a Cruise at Sonic Drive-In on College Parkway. It starts at 5:00 PM and is open to all vehicles with a ten dollar donation. Organizers are also taking donations from local businesses for items and services that will be available for raffle.
If you would like to help, but can't make it to the Cruise, you can make a cash donation. A memorial fund for Alexis and Colton Melendrez has been set up through Heritage Bank. Donations can be made at any bank branch. The account number is 2000008744.
For additional information about “Cruise Night for Colton & Alexis” contact Jason Bueno at (775) 771-5281 or Wayne Wheeler at (775) 450-0616.
Sutro Elementary School, which Alexis attended, has planned a balloon release in her memory. That takes place 2:30 PM on Monday, May 2nd at the school.