Fund-raising drive aids ballet dancer's family

Posted: March 24, 2012

The parents of Polina Kadiyska, the Bulgarian ballet dancer who was killed early Sunday in a hit-and-run, boarded a plane Friday with enough money to cover the cost of returning their daughter's body home for burial.

A two-day fund-raising drive raised $11,350 for the family, said Valeria Gospodinov, owner of the Euro Market in Broomall, which organized the effort. "People were so generous and helpful, and I'm proud of what we did," said Gospodinov, who had known Kadiyska since she arrived in the United States three years ago on a scholarship to the Rock School for Dance Education.

Police say Deandre Barnes, who had turned 19 the day before, ran a red light and hit Kadiyska about 4 a.m. Sunday, as she crossed Broad Street near Ellsworth.

Barnes, of the 700 block of McKean Street in South Philadelphia, was charged with driving under the influence, aggravated assault, and related offenses. He remains jailed with bail set at $1 million awaiting an April 3 arraignment. - Staff report

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