Maldonado and Roman were killed on January 17 and three other passengers in their vehicle that struck an oncoming tractor-trailer were injured near Amarillo, Texas.
By H. Nelson Goodson
February 5, 2014
Chicago, Illinois - On Wednesday, Juan Andrade Jr., president of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) released an e-mail requesting donations to help defray funeral cost expenses for David Roman, 23, of Mundelein, Illinois and Victor Maldonado, 18, of Chicago who were killed on January 17 in an accident near Amarillo, Texas. A fund that was set up to be divided by both the Maldonado and Roman families has raised more than $44,700.
Roman was a volunteer for the USHLI Arizona Leadership Conference, Andrade confirmed. Roman, Maldonado and three other men from Illinois were on their way to attend the event in Tucson. When Maldonado who was driving a 2006 Chevy Impala on U.S. Highway 54 in Dallam County crossed over to the oncoming lane around 8:30 a.m. and were struck by a 2010 Freight Liner towing a 2012 Vanguard trailer, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Maldonado the driver was killed instantly on impact. His passengers, Roman, David Rubio, 19, of Berwyn, Illinois; Seth Amofa, 19, of Chicago and Kyle Thomas, 21, of Chicago were transported to a local hospital in Amarillo. Roman was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Rubio, Amofa and Thomas survived.
Maldonado, a Freshman and Roman, a Senior attended Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and were members of the Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.
The driver and passenger of the tractor- trailer, Charles Arnold, 49, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Mitchell Harper, 50, of Desoto were treated for injuries and survived the accident.
Donations can be made to the David Roman and Victor Maldonado Fund at following link: http://alturl.com/nobgr