The family of one of two men killed earlier this month in a car crash along First Avenue has launched a GoFundMe campaign for his funeral services.
Daniel Okocha and Feyisola Adebowale, who were Nigerian international students attending Thompson Rivers University, died Nov. 3 when a pickup truck alleged to have been speeding on Battle Street blew through a stop sign before striking the car they were in, according to investigators.
Okocha’s brother, David Okocha, started the online fundraiser this past weekend in an effort to raise $20,000 for his brother’s funeral services.
“Daniel was a wonderful brother and friend, the best anyone can have, who touched the lives of those around him,” the elder Okocha wrote on the GoFundMe page.
“We are all devastated by Daniel’s loss and were not prepared for the high cost of funeral preparations and service,” Okocha wrote. “We want to give Daniel the memorial he deserves, to honour his memory and say our last goodbyes.”
The fundraiser has amassed about $2,500 to date.
The crash also injured two other people who were in the vehicle with Okocha and Adebowale.
One of those two people was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition and the other sustained non-life threatening injuries.
RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie has since said the driver of the pickup fled the scene following the crash. The vehicle’s registered owner was taken into custody briefly later in the day on Sunday but has not been charged. Four police cars were parked outside a home in Guerin Creek on Nov. 4 as part of the RCMP investigation into the fatal crash.
“Investigations such as this are taken very seriously and conducted very thoroughly,” RCMP Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay said. “There are several technical aspects to the investigation which are forensic in nature. All of these lengthy processes must be completed before we can review our evidence or consider recommending criminal charges.”
Police are looking to speak with a woman who was seen in the area following the crash. She is described as standing five-foot-seven and weighing about 140 pounds with brown hair in a ponytail, and was last seen walking alone northbound on First Avenue.
Okocha said he needs to raise the $20,000 by Nov. 20 in order to be prepared for the funeral service.
Anyone wishing to donate can do so by visiting the GoFundME page
The investigation into the crash is ongoing.