ELLICOTT, NY (WNY News Now) – A fundraiser has been launched to help raise money for a Jamestown couple following a tragic wrong-way vehicle collision on I-86 over the weekend.
Todd and Sandra Town were traveling on Interstate-86 just past exit 12 in Jamestown around 6 p.m. Saturday when their pickup truck was struck head-on by a wrong way driver. A semi-truck then rear ended the pickup as a result of the sudden collision as well.
A GoFundMe fundraiser provided an update on the couple’s condition, reporting 57-year-old Todd Town was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital in Jamestown and died due to the extent of injuries he sustained.
His wife, 54-year-old Sandra Town, was airlifted to UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie, Pa. where she underwent emergency surgery. Since then, Sandra was induced into a medical coma suffering from a broken back, ankle, leg, ribs, nose, and facial bones. She also suffered injury to her lungs.
“Surrounded by family, their kids, Ashley, Joe and Nikki, are doing the unimaginable; fighting for their mom while they simultaneously grieve the loss of their dad,” wrote fundraiser organizer J R Overfield. “This is hard news to make sense of, especially for anyone who knows the family and this fun and lively couple. Family is everything to them and I know right now, their worlds have fallen apart.”
“So many of us are wanting to know what we can do. Many expenses lay ahead as the family stays close to Erie during this time. Travel and accommodations as well as medical and funeral expenses are a way we can help,” continued Overfield. “Whether you feel moved to contribute or can simply share this page, any support you would like to give is deeply appreciated as our hearts hold space for, roots for, and grieves with this beautiful family.”
New York State Police say 30-year-old Randolph resident Mathew Berry, who died at the scene, caused the crash after entering the highway traveling in the wrong direction. An investigation determined that Berry suffered from a mental illness and was reported missing to Chautauqua County 911 earlier in the day Saturday.