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Fundraiser launched for family of Sooke teen tragically killed in Sunday crash


A GoFundMe page has been launched by a family friend looking to raise money for the family of a 16-year-old girl whose life was tragically lost in a single-vehicle crash on Sunday morning.

At around 7 a.m. on February 26th, a Shawnigan Lake RCMP officer was flagged down shortly after a collision occurred on the Trans-Canada Highway at Fischer Road in Cobble Hill. 

The vehicle had two occupants, one of whom, 16-year-old Nevaeh Wittneben, did not survive the collision. The other occupant, the driver of the vehicle, was taken to hospital with serious injuries. 

They were reportedly on their way from Sooke to a snowboarding trip up island when their vehicle lost control.


The GoFundMe campaign was launched by the mother of Nevaeh’s brother’s girlfriend who was with her sibling when he received the call that his twin sister did not survive the collision. 

“That call would forever change his life,” said Drew Dell, who started the fundraiser. “After rushing him home to his dad it was clear this wasn’t a dream, it was the worst unimaginable pain a parent could go through.” 

“The pain we saw on Nevaeh’s dad’s face was a pain that no one can fathom.”

Dell says the funds raised by the GoFundMe campaign is meant to aid Nevaeh’s family with funeral and living expenses so they can take the time they need to grieve and not have to worry about the costs associated with everyday living during this time. 

“Nevaeh was loved by everyone she met,” wrote Dell. “She was far too young to leave this world.” 

“The pain that Nevaeh’s parents and twin brother are going through is hard to comprehend… Please support if you can so ‘we as a village’ can help this family during the most tragic painful time.”

At the time of this publication, the fundraiser has already garnered over $5,400 in funds. The GoFundMe’s goal is to raise $10,000 for the Wittneben family.

In the comments of the online fundraiser, many donors are sharing their memories of Nevaeh and their condolences with the Wittneben family.

“Nevaeh was a light in my house over the last six years,” said Sheena Meldrum. 

“Always bubbly, and polite. I’ll never forget her smile and her sparkly blue eyes. My daughter Isabella feels lost without her. I am keeping your family close to my heart, and sending so much love during this time of tragedy.”

Anyone wishing to support this Sooke family while they grieve can make a donation online.

Curtis Blandy

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