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Teenage son dies from crash injuries

October 22, 2007

Funeral tentatively set for Wednesday in Buffalo

By Lynda Jensen
Editor

Tragedy visited the Munoz family of Howard Lake once again, as their son Sam, 16, died Oct. 14 from injuries received in a serious car accident Oct. 9.

The accident took place when the Munoz vehicle, carrying Sam, his mother Kristine Munoz, 39, sister Amanda, 13, and his brother Joshua, 10, crossed over the center line and hit a semi truck head-on along Highway 12 near Waverly. 

Sam sustained a brain stem injury and remained in a coma for six days. Although initially he was breathing on his own, and his heart was very strong; Saturday doctors determined that there was no brain activity.

Saturday night, the doctors did another test and determined that there was still no brain activity, according to the Munoz family on the Caring Bridge web site, www.caringbridge.org.

“By law, 24 hours after determining the brain function ability, they have to take someone off of life support to see if they will be able to continue to live when off life support,” according to the report.

“They took Sam off of life support and he stopped breathing and his heart stopped.” Kris and Terry were both at Sam’s bedside through this.

Kris Munoz sustained a broken clavicle, left femur fracture, bleeding in the space that surrounds the brain, collapsed lung and broken hip. She has undergone two surgeries and continues to suffer impaired vision problems as a result of the accident. Due to a pre-existing hearing disability, this is a major concern. She was still hospitalized as of press time.

Amanda sustained a collection of blood inside her spleen, several fractured ribs, and a lot of bruising on her abdomen from the seat belt. She was discharged Oct. 12 after a four-day stay.

Josh sustained a broken left tibia bone, right ankle fracture, and a left broken clavicle. His left leg was put in a cast, and left leg splinted. He was discharged from the hospital Oct. 16.

The web site is continually being updated with everyone’s condition.

Benefit set for Sat., Nov. 17in Rogers, Minn.

Friends plan to conduct a benefit for the Munoz family 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Wellstead of Rogers, Crown Room Banquet Center. It will be a semi-formal affair, and $75 per plate/person.

Those who are interested in sponsoring a table may e-mail info@sbsyouth.org.

Information about this will be posted on the Herald Journal blog, www.hjblogs.com, as well as the Side By Side Ministries web site, sbsyouth.org.

This benefit will be in support of the Munoz family, as well as a celebration of Sam’s life.

Friends encourage the public to continue to check the web site for progress on the rest of the family, as well as information on funeral arrangements for Sam.

The wake and funeral of Sam Munoz has been tentatively set, pending medical approval of travel for his mother, Kris, by her doctor.

The wake is tentatively set for 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Buffalo Covenant Church.

Likewise, the funeral is tentative, being scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the gymnasium of the Buffalo High School.

Prayers and donations are welcome

A fund has been set up for the family, and anyone wishing to donate may contact Side by Side Ministries at (763) 797-0441, or the web site, which is www.sbsyouth.org.

Otherwise, checks may be sent to:

Munoz Family Benefit Trust

c/o Wells Fargo Bank

8200 Golden Valley Road

Golden Valley, MN 55427

Volunteers are being sought for work that needs to be done at their home in Howard Lake. Those interested should call at (763) 797-0441.

Funeral is tentatively set for Wednesday eve

The wake and funeral of Sam Munoz has been tentatively set, pending medical approval of travel for his mother, Kris, by her doctor.

The wake is tentatively set for 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Buffalo Covenant Church.

Likewise, the funeral is tentative, being scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the gymnasium of the Buffalo High School.

Updates will be posted on two web sites, www.sbsyouth.org and the Caring Bridge web site, www.caringbridge.org.

Author to donate

Amy Hagberg of Buffalo, who is the author of “How Do You Know if He is Real?” will be donating $5 towards the Munoz family for every book sold.

For those who wish to order the book, go online to www.heisreal.com.