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Mercedes "Sadie" Garcia and Luis Garcia were killed in a rollover accident on the I-10. (Go Fund Me photo)

A fund has been set up to help the Maricopa family of two children killed in a traffic accident on Interstate 10 Sunday.

Laureano Ocho Rivera set up the “Garcia & White Family Fund” on GoFundMe.com with the humble goal of $1,000. In one day, more than $5,000 was raised, and donations and condolences continue to come in.

The money is intended to benefit the family of Luis James Garcia, 15, and Mercedes “Sadie” Garcia, 11, who died in the rollover crash.

“Luis and Sadie were taken from us far too soon,” Rivera stated on the fund page. “The pain is felt by an entire community and beyond as this family has touched many of us in one way or another be it from Pee Wee football to Ak-Chin baseball.  Please help us help the family. We love you Adam and Della.”

Nine people were in the Chevy Tahoe that flipped after apparently blowing a tire. Maria Almadelia Farias Cervantes, 23, of Phoenix, died of her injuries later at a hospital. The Garcia children were pronounced dead at the scene.

Six others, including the driver, were injured. One teen has life-threatening injuries.

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Mercedes "Sadie" Garcia and Luis Garcia were killed in a rollover accident on the I-10.  (Go Fund Me photo)
Mercedes “Sadie” Garcia and Luis Garcia were killed in a rollover accident on the I-10. (Go Fund Me photo)

By Raquel Hendrickson

A fatal accident on Interstate 10 Sunday afternoon took the lives of three people, including two children from Maricopa.

Six others were injured.

Luis James Garcia, 15, and Mercedes Arissa Garcia, 11, both of Maricopa, were pronounced dead at the scene. Maria Almadelia Farias Cervantes, 23, of Phoenix, died after being transported to a hospital.

According to the Department of Public Safety, a tire blew out on a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV after the tread separated. The vehicle carrying nine people was eastbound near 12th street.

The driver, identified only as a 37-year-old man from Maricopa, apparently lost control of the vehicle. It crossed over the median cable barrier and rolled over, coming to rest in the westbound lanes.

Six people were ejected. The report stated Luis Garcia was struck by a westbound minivan after he was ejected from the SUV.

According to DPS, of the nine people on board, “none of them were properly restrained.”

DPS spokesman Bart Graves said the “active” status of the investigation does not allow the agency to release the name of the driver. He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A 14-year-old boy from Maricopa is in critical condition with a life-threatening injury at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. A 12-year-old girl from Maricopa is also at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

A 13-year-old boy whose hometown has not been listed is being treated for a critical injury at PCH.

Minor injuries were sustained by a 3-year-old and a 7-year-old from Phoenix.