Fund set up for victims of deadly Meriden crash - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Fund set up for victims of deadly Meriden crash


A memorial fund has been set up for the victims of a crash that killed two young siblings in Meriden.

Early Sunday morning, 8-year-old Lorenzo Cruz and 5-year-old Tatiana Cruz, along with their parents Gina Schroder and Michael Cruz and 12-year-old brother Alejandro Schroder, were riding in the area of Broad Street.

Family members told Eyewitness News they were hungry and ran out to grab some needed groceries at the 24-hour Walmart in Wallingford. They stopped at a red light on Broad Street, which is close to their home.

The family was rammed from behind by a vehicle being driven by Israel Gonzalez, 29, police said. Gonzalez was driving without a license.

Lorenzo Cruz and Tatiana Cruz were killed in the crash. Gina Schroder and Michael Cruz, along with Alejandro Schroder, were injured in the crash.

Police said Gonzalez ran from the scene and was located at his nearby house. He's a Mexican citizen and had identification cards with a number of different names on him when he was arrested.

Gonzalez was charged with felony evading responsibility, reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

If you would like to help the family, you can make a donation to the Cruz and Schroder Memorial Fund. 

The fund information is as follows:

  • Cruz and Schroder Memorial Fund.
  • Care of David F. Cavanaugh, VP People United Bank 
  • 1310 Silas Deane Highway
  • Wethersfield, CT 06109

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