Over the weekend of Aug. 5-6, members from the Sequim Sunrise Rotary Club, Sequim Food Bank and other volunteers built a ramp for Sawyer Streett upon his return home. The volunteers also worked over the weekend to complete a list of 2017 yard projects Robert had made to finish. Submitted photo

Community continues to help for Streett family

Volunteers from the Sequim Sunrise Rotary and Sequim Food Bank and community members provided a helping hand in building a ramp and finishing yard projects for the Streett family last weekend.

“It’s been overwhelming to see how our community comes together when it’s really needed,” said Shenna Younger, a friend of the Streett family.

The Streetts were involved in a car wreck on July 20 while traveling on U.S. Highway 160 in Colorado.

Both Robert Streett, 52, and his son Robby, 16, died from injuries in the wreck while Josslyn, 49, and Sawyer, 14, continue to recuperate from non-life-threatening injuries.

Younger said Robert had a list of 2017 yard projects he wanted to finish and when friends saw the list, Rotary and food bank members and other volunteers showed up at the Streett house to help.

Younger estimates 25 volunteers placed new bark, replanted flower boxes, cleaned and weeded out the front and back yards, put new pavers to make a clear path from the driveway to the backyard, purchased new patio furniture, washed down the deck, finished the second half of a wooden shed and built a ramp for Sawyer.

“It’s incredible to see that happen,” Younger said. “It couldn’t be for anyone more deserving.”

Everything was built and renovated within Robert’s vision, Younger said, and noted the ramp was built in six hours by Jack Tatom, Chris Coolures, Josh Gloor and Rich Bemm — two of the men over 80 years old. The ramp was fully funded courtesy of Thomas Building Center.

The yard also includes a rock garden with rocks from a candlelight ceremony for the Streetts on July 24 at Carrie Blake Park where people painted a rock with meaning to them for the family.

Younger said she hopes the renovated yard can serve as a retreat for Josslyn and Sawyer when they return home.

Community members have raised nearly $39,000 through a GoFundMe campaign here: https://www.gofundme.com/street-family-support-fund and a fund remains open at Sequim First Federal branches.

About the wreck

A Colorado State Patrol spokesman said the Streetts were traveling east of the La Plata County line in a 2017 Honda SUV at 5:15 p.m. on July 20, when a 2013 Nissan traveling west hydroplaned and crossed the center line, colliding with the Streetts’ vehicle.

Lewis said the Nissan’s driver, 36-year-old Anthony Rodriguez of Mancos, Colo.; Josslyn; and the two teens were transported to Durango.

Nanette Penz-Reuter said she was traveling with her family in a rental van directly behind the Streett family before sudden heavy rain led to the wreck.

She and her family saw Rodriguez allegedly lose control and hydroplane and cross the center lane into the SUV in front of them.

“The crash was so sudden and impossible to avoid,” Penz-Reuter said. “It’s amazing that no other vehicles were involved in this crash.”

She said there were several medically-trained Good Samaritans traveling nearby who helped before first responders arrived.

Trooper Nate Reid, a Colorado State Patrol public information officer, said on Tuesday, Aug. 8, that charges are pending against Rodriquez but did not specify what charges specifically.

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