Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Fundraiser launched after tragic snowmobile crash

Daniel Dionne and Kathleen Childs (GoFundMe)

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for a Wallaceburg family, after a tragic snowmobile crash on the Sydenham River.

Wallaceburg’s Daniel Dionne, 34, was seriously injured after a crash between an ATV and a snowmobile on Sunday, December 31. The other driver in the incident, a 32-year-old Brantford man, died as a result of the crash.

Dionne is currently at a Windsor hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries.

Melissa Charlebois, a family friend, decided to start a fundraiser on GoFundMe to help out the Dionne’s.

“He has a very long road of recovery in front of him,” she wrote on the GoFundMe campaign page.

“He also lost a very close friend. I couldn’t even begin to imagine the mental and physical pain he is feeling right now.”

Charlebois says Dionne’s wife Kathleen has been travelling back-and-forth to London, Ontario as their niece has been battling health issues. The couple also have six children.

“This family has been on a roller coaster of emotions,” she wrote.

Since the campaign was launched online on January 1, a total of $1,235 of their $5,000 goal has been raised.

To donate to the campaign, click here.

The Chatham-Kent Police Service continue to investigate the crash.

Any witnesses to the collision are asked to contact Const. Jason St. Denis at jasons@chatham-kent.ca or at 519-355-1092.

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