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Harley-Davidson benefit for Marine hurt in DUI crash raised over $14K

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EL CAJON (CNS) - More than $14,000 was raised Saturday at a fundraiser held for the 34-year-old Marine injured in a hit and run crash in Rancho Bernardo, an event organizer said.

More than 700 people attended the event for Gunnery Sgt. Dave Smith, who remained hospitalized in critical condition following the July 31 crash, according to the event's coordinator Tina Hook.

"People have given tremendously today," Hook said of the event held at the El Cajon Harley Davidson dealership.

Smith is a 17-year veteran who deployed four times and survived a roadside bomb blast. He was awarded a Bronze Star for valor.

Police said Smith had stopped his motorcycle at a red light while riding east on Bernardo Center Drive, near West Bernardo Drive. He was hit from behind by a Chevrolet TrailBlazer allegedly driven by Jessica Marie Bloom, 21, who remained jailed in connection with the crash.

Prosecutors in the case said the crash launched Smith onto the hood of the SUV, and into the street. The SUV's driver allegedly fled from the scene.

Bloom was arrested and her blood alcohol was measured at .37 percent, more than four times the presumed level of intoxication, according to the prosecutor. She faces up to nine years in prison if convicted.

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