Santa Fe parents outraged over fundraiser page for driver that killed their son

Abigail Mcgaha (left) was driving at speeds more than double the speed limit when the SUV crashed and killed her friend Alex Mundt (right), who was visiting her in North Carolina
  • Mike and Lynn Mundt of Sante Fe, New Mexico, mourned the death of their 16-year-old son Alex, who died in the backseat of a car driven by Abigal McGaha
  • Alex Mundt was visiting McGaha in North Carolina after the two met at camp
  • McGaha was driving at 70 to 100mph despite speed limits of 35mph when it crashed in October 2015 and killed her friend, police said
  • She pleaded guilty to misdemeanor death by vehicle
  • Her family members are now soliciting money for legal fees, a settlement with Mundt's family and medical bills on GoFundMe 

Parents who lost their teenage son in a car crash were 'stunned' to discover that a $75,000 fundraiser had been set up to help the driver responsible for the wreckage.

Mike and Lynn Mundt of Sante Fe, New Mexico, mourned the death of their 16-year-old son Alex Mundt, who was riding in a car driven by his friend Abigail McGaha when it crashed in October 2015.

McGaha, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor death by vehicle, was driving between 70 to 100mph despite speed limits of 35mph, police said.

  McGaha was driving at 70 to 100mph despite 35mph speed limits. She pleaded guilty and her  family members created the $75,000 fundraiser

McGaha was driving at 70 to 100mph despite 35mph speed limits. She pleaded guilty and her  family members created the $75,000 fundraiser

Mundt, who lived in New Mexico with his parents, was visiting McGaha in Charlotte, North Carolina, in October 2015 after the two became friends at camp.

Mundt had his seatbelt on in the backseat of the SUV when McGaha drove at more than twice the speed limit, police said. 

The resulting crash killed Mundt, and she was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving.

But McGaha pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, and now her family members have set up a GoFundMe page to help her cover legal fees as well as medical bills and other expenses.

Joseph McGaha, who created the $75,000 fundraiser, wrote: 'Except for serving the remainder of her probation, Abby’s criminal legal battle is pretty much behind us. 

'But the civil battle remains with Alex’s family. In an effort to avoid a civil lawsuit, we have settled with Alex’s family.

'This obviously has placed a great financial burden upon us, and we have utilized money that we had been saving for years.'

 Mundt's father said: 'Those are natural consequences of crime and to ask the community to pay for the consequences of crime is incredulous to me'

Mundt's father said: 'Those are natural consequences of crime and to ask the community to pay for the consequences of crime is incredulous to me'

Joseph McGaha said the family had already paid the Mundts their first payment in November, with a second payout due in February. 

More than 40 people have contributed just under $5,000 in eight days. 

Mundt's father toldWHIO: 'I'm stunned that they would do such a thing. 

'I can't imagine what all was involved in the case and then a civil settlement afterwards, but those are natural consequences of crime and to ask the community to pay for the consequences of crime is incredulous to me.'

 

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