Christmas crash: Family of teen killed by suspected DUI driver voices appreciation for outpouring of support

SAN JOSE — The family of 14-year-old Andrew Nguyen, an Evergreen Valley High freshman killed Christmas morning at the hands of a drunken driver who also died, broke its silence Thursday with a statement of mourning that also voiced appreciation for an outpouring of public support.


Andrew Nguyen, 14, a freshman at Evergreen Valley High School, was killed Christmas morning when the car he was riding in was hit by a suspected DUI driver on Capitol Expressway. 

“Our family is devastated by the sudden death of our beloved son, grandson, nephew and friend, Andrew, from the tragic car accident on Christmas Day,” the family statement read. “While we grieve this loss to our family, we celebrate the immense joy Andrew offered to those he came in contact with. Andrew will forever remain a source of love and inspiration in our hearts.”

The family also thanked first-responders at the scene of the early-morning collision, and asked for privacy. On Thursday, an online fundraising page started by a friend was closed at the request of the family.

“We would like to thank the medics, firemen, police, doctors and nurses who supported and provided aid to our family,” the family said in the statement. “At this time we ask for privacy as our family mourns the loss of our dearest Andrew. Currently, there is no page set up for donations, however, we would appreciate your prayers during this time.”

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