Location: Wichita

Car Show to Benefit Family of Accident Victims

This is amazing:

A car show is scheduled for Oct. 26 to benefit the family of Claudia and Gisele Mijares.

Claudia Mijares and her 4-year-old daughter were killed earlier this month when they were struck by a vehicle near Gardiner Elementary School in south Wichita.

Gary Hammitt, 54, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and driving under the influence in connection with the accident.

The car show is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Star Lumber & Supply, 325 S. West St. Alejandro Mijares, the husband and father of the victims, is a 15-year employee of the company.

I understand and applaud the intent of the event, but … a car show? To benefit victims who died when they were hit by a car?

Isn’t that like a gun show to honor victims of gun violence?

Why celebrate the instrument of their death?

Read more from the Wichita Eagle.

Additional coverage of the deaths and the driver, who was drunk and speeding when he ran down Claudia and Gisele, and who had six previous DUI-related charges on his record: Man accused in 2 traffic deaths may keep license, Deal more harshly with DUI scofflaws, Drunken Driving — Law needs patch, Driver Who Struck Mother and Daughter Has Violated Parole 15 Times, more …

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