Family of woman killed in crash says they were misled by fundrai -

Family of woman killed in crash says they were misled by fundraiser

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By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer

(KMOV) – A car crash last week on Highway 141 in Manchester claimed the life of a 21-year-old woman and now there is controversy over money raised in her name.

Desirae Lawson died in the crash and friends, coworkers at the Hotshots in Manchester held a fundraiser to help the family with the funeral expenses.

Lawson’s mother now said Hotshots is causing her more pain.

Tiffiny Wernsman has been going through her daughter’s things.  She told News 4’s Steve Savard her family was thrilled to learn there was a fundraiser in her daughter’s honor to help cover expenses and it was held at the Hotshots in Manchester.

But it hasn’t been everything she hoped. Hotshots used some of the money raised to pay for Lawson’s cremation but then told her mother, the rest of the money would be given to local charities, not the family.

"I want to sit here and remember my daughter and read the messages her friends. Instead I’m at odds over something that was promised to help ease this pain, not build on it,” said Wernsman.

Wernsman said Hotshots wanted to donate the money to charities in her daughter’s name. Hotshots’ officials told News 4, the benefit was for Lawson not the family.

Wernsman read the Facebook posts by Hotshots employees which made it clear, donations would go to the family; "all proceeds are being donated to her family to help with funeral costs."

After News 4’s Steve Savard brought the Facebook post to the attention of an executive at Hotshots, the company said it would give the rest of the money to the family. 

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