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UPDATE: How you can help the Alberta family devastated by Highway 5A crash

A fundraiser has been started for the Alberta family involved in a fatal Highway 5A crash.
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February 26, 2020 - 5:23 PM

Friends of the Alberta family who were in a fatal crash on Highway 5A have started a fundraiser to help those who remain to cope in the days ahead.

“On Sunday, Feb. 23, our beloved friend Mike, and his precious sons, were in a tragic accident on their way home from a special road trip in B.C.,” reads the GoFundMe set up for the family.

“When the police arrived, Mike had sadly already passed away and Liam and Quinn were rushed to the nearby Kamloops hospital, where Liam also passed away from his injuries. Quinn was airlifted to Vancouver Children's Emergency Hospital yesterday evening, and is currently on life support in the PICU.”

They are hoping to raise $100,000 to help Erin Cochlin, Mike’s wife and mother to Quinn and Liam, both in the near and long term future. In 17 hours it had raised nearly $26,000.

The family has also released a short statement through Amy Davies, who set up the Gofundme account.

"Mike was a loving father. He was on a special boys road trip with Quinn and Liam, and was on his way home. Quinn will be donating his heart, liver, and both kidneys tonight. He is a hero. A time to celebrate the lives of Quinn, Liam and Mike will be scheduled for the near future."

Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said the crash happened on Highway 5A near Stump Lake when the northbound vehicle likely failed to negotiate a curve, then went over a concrete barrier and down a steep embankment.

She said road conditions were bare and dry at the time, but investigators will look at all factors that could have caused the crash. 

RCMP initially incorrectly reported that both children had died in the crash.

— This story was updated at 5:23 p.m. Feb. 26 to include a short statement from the family


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