Woman Held Dying Crash Victim's Hand

Brian Wolfin left behind two children

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    He leaves behind his one-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.

    A local community showed its support for the Wolfin family, during a fundraiser in Escondido on Saturday.

    Brian Wolfin, a father of two, was killed during the tragic California 200 racing accident, last Saturday in the Mojave Desert.

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    Friends and family gathered to remember Wolfin and to raise money for his family. One woman, who held Brian's hand during the moment he passed, came to comfort Brian's mother.

    "I just wanted you to know he was in peace," she told his mother during a tearful moment.

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    Local companies donated food, gift cards, and other items to the grass-roots fundraiser.

    People who stopped by the fundraiser brought money, clothes and toys for Wolfin's two children Seth and Sara

    "I can think of Brian every time I see them, which I do," said Brian's mother Karen Wolfin.

    Brian, Wolfin's youngest son had no savings or life insurance, which prompted Saturday's fundraiser. Wolfin says she is blown away by the community effort to help her grandchildren.

    The fundraiser attracted people from across the community even strangers, who did not know Brian.

    "I'm just here to help donate and help the family, as an off-roader it's sad to see such a tragedy," said Mike Nelson, a fellow off-roader.

    Brian's friends and family say they are completely behind efforts to make off-road races safer for spectators.

    "I doubt there will be another race like this, God forbid, I hope not next year," Wolfin said. If there is, I hope there are some changes, because I really believe the death of my son and other victims could have been avoided."

    Keith Carty, who was with Wolfin at the races the night he died, said he used to love the loosely regulated atmosphere of off-road racing, but now he feels change is imminent.

    "If things could stay how they were, only now more volunteers that would be ultimate," Carty said. "I don't see that happening just by the way everything has gone."

    Eight people, including four San Diegans, killed in the off-road racing accident in the Mojave.