Domino's To Hold Fundraiser for Family of Employee Killed In Crash
Members of the community continue mourning the loss of a young man killed the night before Thanksgiving just after he had finished delivering a pizza for Domino's.
His fellow employees at the pizza place say they won't forget their friend and now the business owner says he wants to give 100 percent of tomorrow's pizza proceeds to the family.
Our Annette Garcia has the story.
“Well he was loud at times and screaming for the fun of it. Hhe was very fun.”
Energetic and enthusiastic about life--that’s the way managers and employees here at Domino's will remember Derek Trevino who had only worked for the company for three months but already had made an impact.
“He was a very dedicated worker, He was already going to be promoted to be an assistant manager.”
The 19-year-old was on his way back from delivering a pizza the night before Thanksgiving when his car was t-boned by another vehicle that allegedly ran a red light.
It was 10:45 p.m., 15 minutes before closing.
15 minutes before Derek would be home for the holiday.
Manager Elizabeth Salinas was tasked with telling his mother he had been killed in the crash.
She says the news was tough on everyone.
“He was always here. Basically this was his second home.”
Today Domino's announced it would donate 100 percent of Wednesday’s proceeds of sales to Derek’s family.
In a statement from the owner of Laredo Domino's stores, Pat Hales said Laredo has always been good to Domino's.
Derek was a son of Laredo and a son of Domino’s. We know the community shares in our grief. Our thoughts and prayers continue for his mother and family.
“Tomorrow all employees will be wearing this t-shirt and they hope the community will come out and show their support too.”
“He was a very wonderful employee.”
“We’re going to do what we can to help the family and gather as much money as we can.”
Salinas says Derek had already started a landscaping business on the side and would save all his tips to invest in it.
She believes he had a bright future ahead.
“Everybody loved him and he will be missed, very missed.”
Here is a list of the participating domino's pizza locations.
100 percent of the proceeds of all tomorrow's sales at these Domino's locations will go to the family for funeral expenses.
Domino’s will also be assisting the family through a non-profit foundation created by Domino's for its employees.