Donations pour in for girls who lost mother |

Donations pour in for girls who lost mother

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado

GYPSUM, Colorado ” Students at Eagle Valley High School raised more than $7,000 to help two girls who lost their mother after a fatal car accident.

Add the medical bills dropped by Vail Valley Medical Center, and a large contribution from the Vail Valley Charitable fund, and you have more than $21,000 going to help the family of Dolores Fernandez, who died after a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 in Edwards near Wilmore Lake.

Her daughters are Carla Fernandez, 16, and Alejandra Fernandez, 10, who both attended school here, but are now living with their aunt and uncle in Sidney, Neb.

Carla and Alejandra had always lived with their mother, who was the only support they had, said Angelica Varela, one of Carla’s friends. They’d been living in a small mobile home in Dotsero.

Soon after the accident, Carla’s friends and teachers at Eagle Valley High School jumped to action, set up a memorial fund and organized a Mexican buffet lunch to raise money for the girls.

They ended up raising more than $7,000, which was more than enough to pay for the funeral.

Nicole Dewell, one of Carla’s teachers, said Vail Valley Medical Center is dropping more than $8,600 in medical bills involved with the fatal accident. She also said the Vail Valley Charitable Fund will be paying more than $6,000 to cover other outstanding bills, such as phone, Internet, gas and insurance.

Staff Writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 748-2955 or

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