(Steve Seekins, with his children / GoFundMe)

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for the family of a 52-year-old Oak Bay municipal worker who died while working after being struck by a vehicle.

Steve Seekins, a father of two, has been identified as the worker who died, and the GoFundMe is to support his wife and children.

In a media release Monday, Oak Bay Police said the crash occurred while Seekins was inspecting a manhole cover in the 1700-block of Monterey Avenue around 8 a.m. on May 17th.

He was pronounced deceased at the scene and the driver of the vehicle was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver, a 66-year-old woman from Victoria, was driving an SUV at a high rate of speed and struck the worker head-on, according to police.

“The community of Oak Bay experienced the devastating loss of one of our public works employees, Steve Seekins, who was tragically struck by a motor vehicle and killed today while at work,” said Pat Smith, the creator of the GoFundMe.

“Our heartfelt thoughts go out to Steve’s wife, children, family, friends, and colleagues. This tremendous loss will be felt throughout the community.”

As of this publication, the GoFundMe campaign has raised $35,640 raised of $75,000 goal.

Saanich Police are assisting Oak Bay Police with the investigation and are asking witnesses, or people with dashcam or home security footage to contact them at media@saanichpolice.ca.

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