Family of fatal Hwy 290 crash victim seeks donations to bring body back to Arizona
The Texas Department of Public Safety released the names of a father and son involved in a deadly Blanco County crash.
Jesus Bustamante crashed his tractor trailer into a creek north of Johnson City Thursday. The 70-year-old's son, Alejandro Bustamante died at the scene.
Family members of the victims tell CBS Austin they don't have the money to bring Alejandro's body back home.
"He wasn't just a cousin, he was a really special human being," said Marlene Bustamante, Alejandro's cousin.
Marlene says her cousin Alejandro, or Alex as they call him, was an inspiration to so many. He had Down syndrome, but it didn't define him.
"We learned from him all of the time," said Marlene. "He was always happy."
Soccer was his passion. Marlene said he played every week, and never missed practice. She said the entire community of Nogales, Arizona is grieving.
"You close your eyes and you want to like, just think you are going to open them again and it's just a bad dream," said Marlene.
Jesus and Alex were delivering produce to the Austin-area when they crashed, according to Marlene.
The DPS said the 18-wheeler rolled over into a creek, after drifting outside of its lane just after midnight Thursday.
Marlene said many of her family members, including Alex's brother and sister, haven't been able to travel to Austin to see him and say goodbye.
"It's just hard," said Marlene. "We just want him back home."
Marlene said her family doesn't have the money to bring Alex's body back home to Arizona. They've started a GoFundMe account in hopes the community can help bring closure for their family.