Robbinsdale Restaurant Holding Benefit for Crystal Family After Tragic Car Crash
The community is rallying this week after a devastating car crash in Robbinsdale killed a mother of two in early July.
Emily Gerding was killed, and her husband, John Gerding, was seriously injured after a speeding car fleeing police crashed into their minivan.
The couple, both of Crystal, have two young children, according to their GoFundMe page.
The benefit takes place on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 6-9 p.m. at Broadway Pizza and Eagles Nest Lounge. It features a raffle drawing and a silent auction. People of all ages can attend.
The event page said all proceeds raised at the event will go toward the Gerding family.
A previous CCX report said four felony charges were filed against Quintin Hudson, 20, on July 12. He is charged with fleeing police resulting in death and fleeing police resulting in great bodily harm.
Hudson is also charged with criminal vehicular operation and criminal vehicular homicide.
According to the criminal complaint, Hudson was driving a Tesla and “rapidly accelerated” when an officer tried to pull him over speeding. The suspect was wearing a “ninja-style face mask,” police said. The pursuit lasted 17 seconds when the officer called it off.
The complaint says Hudson went through a stop sign and was traveling at speeds up to 90 miles per hour when he broadsided a minivan at the intersection of 36th and Orchard avenues north. When the officer asked why he didn’t stop, Hudson replied he “didn’t want to,” the complaint said.
John Gerding was hospitalized after the crash.
His CaringBridge page reports he came home from the hospital last week and is continuing with physical and occupational therapies.
Before the benefit, the community raised nearly $200,000 for the family on GoFundMe.