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Car wash, musical performance honor crash victims; suspect bonds out

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The scene of the crash in Southwest Miami-Dade. The scene of the crash in Southwest Miami-Dade.
30-year-old Christopher Masferrer 30-year-old Christopher Masferrer
Fatima Hernandez Fatima Hernandez
45-year-old Eduardo Hernandez 45-year-old Eduardo Hernandez
17-year-old Anapaula Saldana 17-year-old Anapaula Saldana

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The suspected drunk driver who, police said, fatally struck three people on a South Florida road, bonded out of jail on the same day that two events paid tribute to the victims of the crash.

Thirty-year-old Christopher Masferrer declined to speak to reporters as he walked out of the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, just before 7 p.m. on Saturday. He got into the passenger side of a black sport utility vehicle, fastened his seat belt and did not look back as he left the premises.

Police said Masferrer faces three counts of vehicular homicide and three counts of DUI manslaughter, among other charges. Investigators said his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit when he struck and killed two 17-year-olds, Anapaula Saldana and Caroline Agreda, as well as 45-year-old Eduardo Hernandez, at the intersection of Southwest 157th Avenue and Miller Drive, April 13.

Investigators said the accident happened minutes after Hernandez had stopped to help Agreda and Saldana, who had been involved in a minor crash moments before. "So many lives have been affected because of this selfish act that this man did," said Fatima Hernandez, the Good Samaritan's widow.

Dozens of Coral Gables first responders held a car wash Saturday afternoon in memory of Hernandez, a longtime city employee. "We're one strong family; he was the pillar in our family," said Fatima. "He held us all together, and we're doing this for him. We're doing this in honor of him."

Fatima said the money raised in the car wash benefits the Hernandez Memorial Fund, to make sure her family continues to have the financial support Hernandez worked so hard to provide. "It's all going towards the kids' education, and if ever there's a health issue, we have that there for us," she said.

Agreda and Saldana were honored Saturday during a performance at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life at West Kendall Baptist Hospital. A song performed by Kaitlin Murga, which was dedicated to Agreda and Saldana, had family members in tears as they listened to the lyrics. "It motivates people to just cope with the situation and move on with life, but don't forget these girls and don't forget what impact these girls have had in our lives," said Murga about the song.

Speaking in Spanish, Saldana's father said the performance is "a reminder that Anapaula, Caroline and Eduardo are still remembered."

Earlier this week, Hernandez' family was honored with a key to the City of Coral Gables. If you would like to make a donation to the Hernandez Memorial Fund, send it to:

Hernandez Memorial Fund
c/o Law Office of Robert N. Pelier, P.A.
4649 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Ste. 301
Coral Gables, FL 33146

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