In the midst of tragedy, thankfully, there always seems to be at least some light at the end of a dark tunnel. A GoFundMe page has been set up in memory of the Ontario tow truck driver who was fatally struck by a car on November 7 while helping another motorist out of a ditch, and it's already reached thousands of dollars. The campaign was the brainchild of a colleague of Todd Burgess, who was at the scene of the incident at the time of the crash.
Burgess, a 56-year-old tow truck driver from Oshawa was struck and killed by an out-of-control car as he was helping a motorist whose car had become stuck in a roadside ditch.
The GoFundMe page has set a target of $10,000, which is being raised "in hopes of being able to raise enough money to give him a proper send-off as he so much deserves."
Less than 24 hours after being set up, it is well on its way to reaching that goal.
"Today we lost a very good friend while he and myself were helping assist a motorist out of a ditch," the page's description reads.
"Unfortunately, a young driver lost control of their car and slammed into the accident scene striking Todd and killing him instantly," reads the GoFundMe description written by Brad Fenney.
Fenney was a colleague of Burgess' who was actually also on the scene at the time of the tragic accident, as he explains to Narcity.
"I started doing the recovery and unfortunately, he was in the pass of that car coming through," Fenney told Narcity. The incident was caught in dashcam footage, but only police are in possession of the video.
"You can see the cars going all slow and (the driver) came in fast," says a clearly distraught Fenney. "We moved out of the way and he didn't.
"I don't know what it was, maybe it was the reflex time being slower than normal. I don't know."
According to the GoFundMe description, Burgess was well-known in the area of Scugog and Bowmanville for taxi driving and working with Ray's Towing.
During the freezing winter months, motorists are reminded to drive carefully as roads tend to get extremely dangerous, especially on the highways with snow and ice.
For now, comments are flowing in, in response to the page, sharing their memories of Todd.
"Rest in Paradise my friend, until we meet again, and as you would say, 'no problem, on my way'."
As of Friday afternoon, the campaign has reached over $7,000 from nearly 80 donors within 24 hours of being set up. Should you want to make a contribution, you can do so here.