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More than $6,000 collected for Malahat crash victims

Oct 19 2012
Sarina Top, 6, survived the Oct. 13 crash but lost her mother, 28-year-old Pheap Top. 

Sarina Top, 6, survived the Oct. 13 crash but lost her mother, 28-year-old Pheap Top.

Photograph by: Handout , Times Colonist

Donations are trickling in for a six-year-old girl whose mom was killed in a head-on crash on the Malahat.

Chemainus machinist apprentice Myles Vaux set up a fundraiser for the education and care of Sarina Top, whose mother, Pheap (Sophie) Top, 28, was killed in the crash on Sunday.

As of Thursday evening, more than $3,900 had been raised online through Vaux's donation page at indiegogo.com/sarinatop.

Vaux was one of the first on the scene and helped Malahat Volunteer Fire Chief Rob Patterson pull the little girl from the wreckage.

Also killed in the crash - in which a Honda CRV driven by Top collided with a northbound GMC truck, splitting the Honda in half - were Diane Muriel Lacasca Bocacao, 19, and Kloie Jamisola, 16. All three women are from Nanaimo.

J.R. Corpuz, 18, survived the crash, but remains in critical condition in Victoria General Hospital's intensive care unit.

Sarina also remains in hospital. Once recovered, she will live with her aunt.

The three adults in the truck were also taken to hospital. One was released on Monday.

Donations to help pay for the funeral of the three women killed as well as costs associated with the recovery of Sarina and Corpuz are being collected in the name of the Corpuz family online at gofundme.com/MalahatTragedy-Oct14.

More than $2,500 had been collected as of Thursday evening.

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