Parents of boy, 16, who died in crash ‘stunned’ by £60,000 fundraiser to help pay ‘legal bills’ of driver responsible


Two parents were left horrified after discovering that a $75,000 (£62,000) fundraiser has been set up to help ‘pay the legal bills’ of the driver responsible for the crash that killed their son.

Mike and Lynn Mundt’s 16-year-old son Alex died after the car he was travelling in crashed in October 2015.

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His friend and the driver, Abigail McGaha, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor death by vehicle.

Police revealed she had been driving between 70 to 100mph – more than twice the 35mph speed limit.

The young pair had met at camp the year before and Alex from New Mexico had traveled to California to see her.

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According to MailOnline, she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Now, her family have created a GoFundMe page to cover her legal fees, medical bills and other expenses.

Writing on the page, creator Joseph McGaha said: ‘Except for serving the remainder of her probation, Abby’s criminal legal battle is pretty much behind us but the civil battle remains with Alex’s family. In an effort to avoid a civil lawsuit, we have settled with Alex’s family.

‘This obviously has placed a great financial burden upon us, and we have utilised money that we had been saving for years.’

So far, more than 40 people have donated just under $5,000 (£4,100) in eight days.

Speaking to WHIO, Mike Mundt said: ‘I’m stunned that they would do such a thing. 

‘I can’t imagine what all was involved in the case and then a civil settlement afterwards, but those are natural consequences of crime and to ask the community to pay for the consequences of crime is incredulous to me.’