Swainsboro Taco Bell holding fundraiser for crash victims

Swainsboro Taco Bell holding fundraiser for crash victims

SWAINSBORO, GA (WTOC) - The Taco Bell in Swainsboro is holding a fundraiser for the families affected by the deadly crash into the restaurant in September.

They have these posters up around the fast food restaurant. The poster says the owners are donating all proceeds to the Mullis, Kersey, and Rodriquez families from now until Dec. 31.

The crash killed 23-year-old Macy Lynn Mullis and injured several others.

Police say 18-year-old Oliver Cope was driving through Swainsboro on his way back to Statesboro when he drove the car straight into the restaurant.  Cope is facing a murder charge and several counts of aggravated assault.

No motive has been released.

You can see spots on the front of the Taco Bell that still need repair. But the families of the victims in this crash - even all these months later - need more than just drywall and paint.

The lunch rush took on a different meaning this week as the Taco Bell pledged all their proceeds to help the family of Mullis and those injured in the crash back in September.

"I came out to eat dinner today because I'd seen where they were having this," Wallace Turner said.

Some folks hadn't heard of the fundraiser but were glad they'd stopped to eat here this week.

"It's a good thing. It's good for a business to step up. They didn't have to do this, but I'm glad they did," Kevin Sowell said.

No one today to speculate about the car's driver. Customers today focused on the positive of neighbors and owners helping the victims.

"We've got to help one another. That's how God wants it to be, whether you're rich, poor, black, white, or whatever," Wallace said.

They started this drive Monday and will donate all the proceeds collected through Sunday night.

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