Belmont restaurant holding fundraiser after local family killed in I-485 crash

Effort to help teen who lost his family in I-485 crash

BELMONT, N.C. (WBTV) - Downtown Belmont restaurant Sammy’s Pub announced on Facebook on Friday that there will be a day next week when half of its sales will go to the Obester family.

Belmont mom Andrea, dad Matthew and two young daughters Elizabeth (“Sissy”) and Violet were all killed in a crash on I-485 last Friday. They leave behind 14-year-old son Jacob who was not in the car with them.

“It’s devastating to hear [about the crash],” Sammy’s Pub General Manager Alex East said. “I have two kids at home who are young, so I can’t imagine what the family may be going through.”

Even for those who did not know the family, people in Belmont are feeling a deep connection to this loss.

East said the community is working to give back to the family, including Jacob.

“He lost his parents, he lost his sisters” East said. “So we want to try to do what we can to try to give back to the community, and more specifically to that family to try to help them moving forward”

On Tuesday, the city is allowing Sammy’s to block off a portion of a nearby road for an extra safe dining space. Half of the day’s sales will go to support the family, including 14-year-old Jacob. They will also take cash donations.

“The police department, other restaurants, Creative Solutions doing party rentals and things of that nature, it just shows how much people really care and want to come together,” East said. “It’s a very proud thing and a proud moment that we can come together like this and try to help somebody out.”

The fundraiser will be happening all day Tuesday at Sammy’s, located at 25 S Main St. in Belmont.

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