Community rallies for teen injured in Stamford restaurant crash

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The Stamford community is coming together in support of the Stamford High School senior whose leg had to be amputated after a car accident on Dec. 27.

Erwin Hernandez, 18, was working in the kitchen of Table 104 restaurant on long Ridge Road when a vehicle crashed through the wall.

Table 104 co-owner Domenico Yo-Vino says he helped discover Hernandez, who was found under a mess of toppled shelves.

The teen was rushed to Stamford Hospital, but doctors could not save his right leg.

MORE: Stamford restaurant closes after car crashes into kitchen

Hernandez moved to Stamford from Guatemala two years ago, speaking little English. Now, his teachers say he is a member of the National Honor Society and mentors elementary school and ESL students.

"Every single time he has had a challenge, he has risen to meet it,” said one of his teachers. “That's why I'm confident that, with a little support, he will rise to meet this challenge."

Community members have since started a GoFundMe page to raise money for his medical costs.

News 12 is told the group set a fundraising goal of $150,000.

Hernandez is still in the hospital and is facing months of recovery.

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