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Community rallies together to help family devastated by tragic crash


BROADALBIN, N.Y. – A community rallied together Saturday to raise funds for the Sleight family, and also remember of the lives of 9-year-old Elijah Sleight and his mother Tanya.

In March, a van crossed the center line on State Route 67 and collided head-on with a car, killing two women, a 9-year-old boy, and injuring two other children, authorities said.

The car's driver, 33-year-old Tanya Sleight of Amsterdam and 39-year-old Shyara Concepcion of Staten Island died at the scene, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said.

Two children, 2-year-old Naomi Sleight and 9-year-old Elijah Sleight were airlifted to Albany Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Family members tell NEWS10 Naomi suffered some broken bones and injured spleen and Elijah has suffered severe head trauma. Elijah died as a result of his injuries on Monday. Naomi is still listed in critical condition.

A third child, 7-year-old Matthew Sleight, was treated for minor injuries. Family members say he is now staying with his grandmother.

The van's driver and sole occupant, 68-year-old David Bain, was transported by ambulance to St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam with non-life-threatening injuries and was released.

"You know, he had so much of a future ahead of him," said Chris sleight about his son, Elijah.

Chris Sleight says he's still struggling with the accident less than a month ago in Amsterdam that killed his son Elijah and his mother. At a benefit for his family Saturday, he found some comfort in the recovery of his 2-year-old daughter Naomi, who is still in the hospital.

"Sunny view rehab, so she's doing pretty well -- only time will tell. She's due to come home hopefully sometime this week," said Sleight.

As the community came together to raise money for the remaining sleight children, Matt and Naomi their father was grateful.

"You know, really overwhelming all the friends and family and the support and the communities," said Sleight.

But despite the sadness, he says his son lives on.

"The liver, heart, kidneys, as well as cornea of the eyes were able to be donated," said Sleight.

As the family recovers, with the support of Broadalbin, faith for a brighter day is within reach.

"When I started it the day after the accident, I didn't think it was going to be this big. But like I said, a lot of people have helped out," said Jamie Quinn the event's organizer.

The event ends at 8 p.m., and all of the money raised will go towards medical expenses and also to continue to help this family recover.

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