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Family Of Man Launched Onto Freeway Sign Looks For Help With Funeral Expenses

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The family of the Burbank man who died in a car crash that ejected his body onto a freeway sign is seeking assistance with funeral expenses.On Friday morning, authorities say 20-year-old Richard Pananian was allegedly driving at high speeds down the southbound shoulder of the 5 freeway when his Ford Focus clipped the back of a pick-up truck. The Focus then flipped multiple times and Pananian was launched 20 feet in the air and landed on the ledge of the Colorado Street exit sign. For the first time since the violent incident, family members are speaking out about the death of Pananian, and are looking to raise $50,000 for "unexpected financial burdens," reports the L.A. Times.

"Especially in the manner that it happened is just very overwhelming. So it's very hard for the family and they're coping as best as they can," Richard's cousin, Armen Kardashian, told ABC7.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to provide financial relief to his family for funeral costs.

"As much fault as Richard had, which led to this disastrous event, the overall damage and grief it has caused his family is indescribable," the family explains on the fundraising page. The family also says that Pananian was "one of the most friendly, giving, compassionate people you would ever meet."

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Five days prior to the crash, Pananian's family performed a lamb sacrifice—an Armenian tradition known as a "matag"—to protect him from harm and evil, according to the GoFundMe page.

"He would help anybody, even if he just met you off the street and you were a stranger, he would give you his all and expect nothing in return," Edgar Pananian, Richard's older brother tells CBS LA.