As his family grieves and struggles to pay the bills, the sister of a Lake Cowichan man killed in a tragic logging accident last month is pleading for donations from the public.
On May 24th, Comox Valley RCMP were called to the northbound onramp to Highway 19 off Comox Valley Parkway, near Cumberland, after a logging truck tipped and lost its load.
When officers arrived on scene, they discovered a woman trapped inside a pickup truck and a man, later identified as 43-year-old Andrew Linklater, dead under the fallen logs.
Linklater left behind a wife of 16 years and four children, according to sister Summer Muzyka, prompting her to launch a GoFundMe this week to raise funds to support the family.
“Life is already so expensive, and Donna can’t go to work until she makes sure her kids are okay and doing better. With no dual-income and funeral expenses, bills, rent, groceries, gas, and all the bills are piling up,” wrote Muzyka.
“I want to take this financial burden from her so she can grieve properly, take care of herself and the kids (my nephews and niece) and not worry about all the bills.”
The fundraiser went live on Thursday, June 9th, raising nearly $13,000 of its $20,000 goal by Friday afternoon, with Muzyka now thanking donors for their support.
“Please find it in your hearts to donate any amount to help ease the financial burden on Andrew’s family,” she added.
“We are all so devastated. We are in disbelief. We are hurting. We don’t know how we will ever find happiness again.”
You can donate to the GoFundMe online here.