Family of 5-year-old crash victim: 'It's just senseless'

AUBURN, Wash. - The family of a 5-year-old boy who died in a tragic car crash is asking for the community's help to raise money for cremation and a memorial service for the young victim.

"It's just senseless. It doesn't make any sense," said the victim's cousin La'Toya Kinniebrew.

Stacey-Izaac Holmes died after his mother's boyfriend crashed into a tree last week along Auburn Way in Auburn.

The boy's 9-year-old sister was also in the car. She suffered minor injuries and was later released from the hospital.

"She kind of doesn't know what's going on but I believe she's doing fine. I think it's going to be a hard situation to go through, especially at her age," said Kinniebrew.

Police said the driver was traveling 90 miles per hour when he crashed. Emergency crews extricated the driver and Stacey-Izaac from the vehicle, but the boy died a few hours later.

"I know we're going to get through it and we're all going to come together as a family and try to support each other the best way we can but it's just hard. It's really hard," said Kinniebrew.

Police said the children were not wearing seat belts during the crash and their mother was not with them.

Investigators believe alcohol was also a factor. Kinniebrew hopes others will not have to suffer like her cousin.

"If you do have loved ones and you do have children and you do know people that have drinking habits - don't put the kids involved in recklessness because it's just a sad ending," said Kinniebrew.

Stacey-Izaac was a student at Maple Hills Elementary School in Renton. When students return to school on Monday the teachers plan to speak with students about their classmate's death.

Kinniebrew is grateful for all the prayers and support from the community, but they're hoping others will continue to help raise money for the boy's funeral expenses.

As of Thursday, the driver was still being treated at Harborview Medical Center.

Those interested in donating can do so on the KOMO Problem Solvers page.