Hundreds of friends and family of a couple seriously injured in a motorcycle crash on State Route 67 in Lakeside have come together to show their support for the pair who remain hospitalized.
So far, nearly $37,000 has been raised for the couple, who friends have identified as John So and Anna Huynh. The money, being donated to an online fund, will go toward medical bills, according to organizers.
People as far away as the United Kingdom and Hawaii have pitched in.
Friends say So and Huynh were the couple who was injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday afternoon on SR-67.
California Highway Patrol officials reported that at about 2:20 p.m. a couple was riding on the southbound SR-67 near Foster Truck Trail and Vigilante Road and crashed on the freeway.
Officials have yet to release further details about the crash.
The accident prompted officials to shut down southbound lanes of SR-67 for a brief period as emergency medical crews arrived to help the couple and CHP secured the scene.
The crash left the couple seriously injured and they were quickly transferred to an area hospital.
According to the fund website, the man, who was driving the motorcycle, had to be put on life support and is paralyzed from the neck down.
Meanwhile, his female passenger suffered a pelvic injury, a collapsed lung, and required surgery to reconstruct her legs. Friends said she is currently recovering from several surgeries.
Since the accident, the couple has received a large amount of support from family and friends who have been left devastated by the tragic incident.
“A lot of different emotions. I'm scared, I'm wondering if they're even alive, or how their conditions were... just a lot of worry,” said Carla Sampana of how she felt after hearing news of the accident.
Sampana is one of the couple’s friends who helped setup the fund website. She and her husband Deshawn Dominguez said they were going to do all they could do give back to the couple, who they referred to as best friends.
Along with visiting them in the hospital, both Sampana and Dominguez said they aren’t going to avoid riding their own motorcycles; instead they see doing so as a tribute to their friends.
“You don't stop riding because it happened, you keep riding,” said Dominguez. “Just cause you know [John] would still want you to keep riding. It's not something he would want you to stop for. In this case he would want you to ride twice as hard for him.”
Family and friends told NBC San Diego they plan on holding a riding event on April 12 to help raise more donations for the couple at South Shores Park.
For more information on the couple and to make a donation, visit this website.