‘Amazing’ fundraiser for late mom’s 3 kids

Brandon Pugh, Billie Dee Andrea Pugh and their children. Billie Dee died in an auto accident on April 28, 2013. (Courtesy photo, Pugh family.)
Brandon Pugh, Billie Dee Andrea Pugh and their children. Billie Dee died in an auto accident on April 28, 2013. (Courtesy photo, Pugh family.)

PORTLAND, Ore,. (KOIN) — Family and friends of a young mother who died in a car crash celebrated her life on Saturday in a fundraiser for the three children she left behind.

Billie Pugh died April 28 when an alleged drunk driver broadsided the car she was in with her husband, Brandon. He suffered serious injuries in the crash.

She was 28.

Billie Dee Andrea Pugh died in an auto accident on April 28, 2013. She was 28 and the mother of three. (Courtesy photo, Pugh family.)
Billie Dee Andrea Pugh died in an auto accident on April 28, 2013. She was 28 and the mother of three. (Courtesy photo, Pugh family.)

The benefit was host at the Burgerville on 122nd and Stark, the same intersection where the crash happened. Donations to the family were supplemented by Burgerville’s donation of 20% of all lunchtime sales at that spot.

“It’s amazing how many are donating,” said Kara Pugh, Billie’s sister-in-law. “Shows me I’m in a community that still cares.”

LaShai Antoinette Williams faces one count each of first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence of intoxicants, attempted failure to perform the duties of a driver, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another, second-degree criminal mischief, interfering with a police officer and fourth-degree assault.

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