Over $200,000 raised for 11-year-old boy who lost entire family in deadly car crash
Over $200,000 has been raised for an 11-year-old boy who tragically lost his entire family in a head-on car crash while traveling through Virginia last Thursday.
Yashveer Singh, of Carteret, N.J., was traveling in a Dodge Grand Caravan with his parents, Gurmeet Singh and Jasleen Kaur, and 6-year-old sister when a 65-year-old man driving a Ford F-250 lost control of his car and hit the family's vehicle, according to NJ.com.
Singh's parents and sister were pronounced dead at the scene while Singh and the driver of the Ford were taken to separate hospitals for treatment.
The 11-year-old, known by his nickname Yash, reportedly suffered a broken pelvis, among other injuries. He has since returned home to continue his recovery, said Mandir Singh, manager of a Sikh temple in Port Reading where the family worshipped.
On Sunday, those close to Singh's father created a GoFundMe to help support the surviving child. Since then, more than 2,600 donors have come together to raise over $200,000.
"In this immensely unfortunate moment, while we all get together to pray to almighty to rest their souls in peace, we are also praying for the speedy recovery of Yash," the page reads. "While nobody can ever fulfill the void in Yash's life, as friends and family, the least we can do is to come together and contribute our share for the medical expenses of Yash, funeral expenses of the family, and more importantly, contribute towards the future of Yash."
Following the tragic accident, Rosa Diaz, superintendent of Carteret schools, also offered her condolences to the family.
"As expected, this has been an extremely difficult time for our community," she said.
"Our district has lost a member of our school family and we are working to support (Yash) as he learns to adjust to a life without his loved ones," adding that the organization is accepting monetary donations "that will directly support" the boy.
She also said the district has activated its Crisis Response Team to offer support to those struggling to process the tragedy.
No charges have been filed but the crash still remains under the investigation, according to NJ.com.