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20-year-old left to bury his entire family after tragic accident a day before Thanksgiving

KMPH – Fresno-Visalia 12/9/2022 Mayra Franco
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Family friends of 20-year-old, Arash Prastuy, have created a GoFundMe for funeral expenses for his mother, his father, and his 10-year-old sister who died from a big rig crash in Kings County. 

The crash happened  a day before Thanksgiving on Highway 41 and Quail Avenue.

When officers arrived, they found a van submerged in a nearby canal. 

His mom, 45-year-old Sepiddeh, was pulled out of the van by others and was taken to the hospital. She died a few days ago,  Dec 5th. 

A dive team recovered the bodies of his father Piruz and sister Amitis at the scene who were underwater inside the van when they arrived. 

His father died at the scene. His sister was taken to Hanford Children's Hospital and didn't survive. 

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The GoFundMe shared a few words about the Prastuy family and is asking for help from the community for Arash stating the following in-part: 

"Arash lost his entire family overnight. He's had to deal with the grief of these losses while being by his mothers side the last few weeks. They have no family here and now this young man is responsible for funeral expenses to bury his entire family." 

  • Arash attended Buchanan High school and is currently at Clovis Community studying engineering. 
  • Amitis, his little sister, was a bright 5th grader at RiverView Elementary school. She enjoyed many things, from playing the trumpet to playing basketball. She also loved to draw and enjoyed fireworks for 4th of July. 
  • His mother went back to school once Amitis began elementary school and earned her degree in Mathematics. She was currently pursuing her Masters degree in Civil Engineering at Fresno State. 
  • Piruz, an engineer, was getting ready to retire from Caltrans."
All financial burdens of monthly living expenses in addition to funeral expenses rest on Arash's shoulders now that his family is gone. As he is already dealing with so much, we are attempting to alleviate some of this stress by getting any assistance we can, not only to cover funeral expenses but also monthly household bills. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated and all proceeds will be going directly to Arash and the funeral home. He would like to have both of his parents cremated and ashes placed in his little sisters casket. Your donations will assist in giving a grieving son and brother a funeral service for his parents and sister. Please assist in helping this boy bury his family, thank you.
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