Fundraisers are underway for the Napa family of the 4-year-old boy killed in Sunday’s head-on crash on Highway 12 in Carneros, relatives and friends said this week.
While the California Highway Patrol and the Napa County Sheriff’s Office have referred to the 4-year-old boy as Lakai Kirk, relatives have called him Lakai Carlos Narez Kirk or Lakai Narez.
The crash injured four others, including the boy’s mother, Ariel Kirk, 25, and her boyfriend, Flavio Castellanos, 23, who was at the wheel of the 2011 Chevy Equinox.
Also injured in the crash were chef Cindy Pawlcyn, 58, and husband John Watanabe, 66, of St. Helena, who were traveling in the opposite direction in a 2012 Lexus RX450. Watanabe was driving the Lexus.
The CHP said Castellanos’ vehicle crossed over the center line into the path of Watanabe’s vehicle. The crash remains under investigation, according to the CHP.
Castro, who is also friends with Ariel Kirk, said more than $13,300 has been raised since Monday afternoon.
A car wash, organized by another relative, is scheduled Saturday between 12 and 3 p.m. at Blue Oak School’s middle school campus at 1272 Hayes St. in Napa, Castro said. The theme is “Adventure Time,” Lakai’s favorite cartoon.
On Sunday, Billco’s Billiards and Darts will have a fundraiser beginning at 3 p.m. Proceeds from beer sales poured by Ariel Kirk’s friend, Ramon Ruiz, and half the billiard sales will be donated to the family. Donations will also be accepted. Billco’s Billiards and Darts is at 1234 Third St., Napa.
Ariel Kirk, who was in serious condition at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital as of Wednesday morning, has been transferred, according to a hospital representative. No further information on her condition was available Thursday afternoon.
Castro said his cousin, Castellanos, is recuperating at home.
Both Pawlcyn and Watanabe are also improving, a family representative said Thursday.
“John Watanabe is at home and recovering from his minor injuries. Cindy is in the hospital and faces an extended recovery period for her multiple injuries,” said Melissa Welles, a Pawlcyn representative.
Watanabe released a written statement on behalf of his wife and himself. “Cindy and I want to thank you for your tremendous love, support, and concern. Cindy faces a challenging path to recovery from her injuries but her spirit and enthusiasm are strong.”
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family who lost their child. We want to thank the many good Samaritans who stopped to help at the accident, the emergency workers at the scene, and the medical staff at the Queen of the Valley who are treating Cindy. Please know that your kindness and positive thoughts are very comforting.”