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Car wash hopes to help raise money for 2 Citrus Heights boy injured in crash

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Tresa Bales-Sterba suspect of DUI

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA - It was a weekend to sacrifice time and sweat to support the Perez Family.

Last Friday, Henry Perez- Rocha, 6, and his brother Juan Perez, 8, were in a crosswalk heading to school, when they were struck by a car.

On Saturday, the Citrus Heights community came together to raise money with a car wash fundraiser.

"This is very amazing, it makes me want to cry to see a continuous flow of cars," the boy's aunt Eilsa Medrano said. "I love it."

A steady flow of cars, and a fire truck, kept volunteers busy. The fundraiser took place at Skycrest Elementary, where the brothers attended school. The money will help the Perez family with medical expenses and other bills.

"Now, it makes me think that every moment counts anything could happen at any moment," 15-year-old volunteer John Cabrales said; he helped wash dozens of cars.

Police said the crash happened when suspect Tres Bales-Sterba, 52, driving a Chrysler 300, sideswiped an SUV, spun out of control and hit the boys. She was arrested and booked into jail. She was let out on bail after being charged with suspicion of driving under the influence.

Henry Perez remains in critical condition in the hospital; Juan Perez is recovering at home.

The Perez family continues to pray and hold onto hope that the two little boys will return to school someday.

"They are just the cutest little guys, they dance, they love music," the boy's aunt Candice Perez said. "They always have smiles on their faces. They're just two great little boys."

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