ENDERBY (NEWS 1130) – An online fundraiser has been launched for the family of a mother, who died after a highway crash in the Interior last week.
Lindsay Palmateer, her husband, and three of their six boys were on their way to a doctor’s appointment in Kelowna last Wednesday when they were sideswipped by a vehicle headed in the wrong direction near Enderby, pushing them into the path of a logging truck.
“We lost the love of my life, my other half, Lindsay Anne-Marie Palmateer, in the car accident,” Matt Lien says through tears in a video posted to Facebook.
Lien is still in the hospital with multiple injuries. According to the GoFundMe page, he has been released from the ICU and continues his recovery.
“It’s hard. It really is. Like, I feel like she should be here recovering for the kids instead of me,” Lien says in the heartbreaking video. “If I could change it in a heartbeat, I would.”
The pair’s three youngest boys have all been released from the hospital and are being cared for by their grandparents as their father recovers. The three older sons were in school at the time of the crash, the GoFundMe page says.
“It goes without saying this family it (sic) going through the unimaginable right now,” the page reads. “Matt will be unable to return to work for the unforeseeable future and their 2 income household has gone to 0. They have 6 young boys to take care off and need their village more than ever.”
The fundraiser is aiming to raise $50,000 for the family in their time of need. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than $30,000 had been raised — just three days after the page was launched.