The family of a fatal car accident victim are desperately trying to raise funds to support the victim’s two small surviving children and to cover funeral expenses. Elisha Heard, 23, was the passenger, while her boyfriend Ronald Greenfield, who also died, drove the car. Last Saturday night, July 5, the vehicle was struck by a speeding vehicle. Its driver had a stolen car, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Police had stopped the driver earlier for a minor traffic violation on 108th Street and Bensley Avenue, the publication reported, adding that the driver pulled off before the officers had approached the door.
Once the driver sped off, the car hit a curb, which caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The car crashed into a light pole and hit two cars.
A third person was injured.
Heard’s mother, Rosemary Fraizer, said the family is also faced with a tough decision. If they can’t get enough funds together by Monday, July 14, her daughter’s body will have to be cremated.
“I’m trying my best to hold it together and just the thought of her being cremated now isn’t helping so if anyone can help us before Monday,” she said. “We want her sons to be able to visit [their mother] like normal people; we want to get a headstone for her.”
Fraizer described her daughter as someone who was always “outgoing.”
“She loved to have fun and she loved children and family,” said Fraizer. “She was always trying to help people.”
Fraizer currently lives in Las Vegas, but she is from Chicago. She said she was in a group called the Mod Singers, which was probably why her daughter used to sing and dance. Elisha Heard did interpretive and praise dancing at her church.
A memorial will be held Saturday, July 12, from 11 am to 4 pm at Lively Stone Church in Christ. The church is located at 735 E. 134th Street in Chicago.
“For her boys not to have their mom, it will be hard, but I will be there for them and we will do the best we can do in this situation,” said Fraizer.
The family is looking for any help they can get from the public. To donate, please visit the website they created HERE.