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Community Comes Together To Help Young Girl Who Lost Her Mother in Car Accident

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The community is helping out a young girl whose mother died in a car accident early this month.

Friends and family of 34-year-old Lea Walsh are having a Spaghetti feed and auctions with all the funds going to her 10-year-old daughter Madison.

Friends say many in the community heard about her accident and nearly 300 people were at her funeral on Sunday.

State Patrol reported Walsh was driving on the wrong side of the road and drugs or alcohol were involved at the time.

It's a type of behavior those who knew her well say is very unlike her.

"It's very unlikely, you know it's not something that under normal circumstances, that I'd think she ever would have done, especially leaving her 10-year old behind," said Beth Wilkerson, a good friend.

Friends also say Madison goes to school at Saint Patrick's in Pasco. The school has offered to waive her tuition for the rest of the school year.

Detroit Tigers baseball player Jeremy Bonderman, who's from the Tri-Cities, is helping with the silent auction and has offered to cover next year's tuition for the young girl.

The spaghetti  feed is on Saturday April 4th. From 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The yard sale is at the Columbia Valley Grange. The location for the live and silent auctions are yet to be announced. Friends say they're hoping to use TRAC in Pasco or the Fairgrounds.

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