FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Almost $18,000 has been raised for the family of Wesley Drschiwiski, who died in hospital after succumbing to his injuries following a car crash last Wednesday.

The organizer of the GoFundMe, Ashley Pugh, put a call out to residents to “help out and look after” Wesley’s family.

“Words cannot express how difficult this is going to be on the family. He was a great man, with a heart of gold,” said the fundraising page.

“He looked out for all of us for so many years, and I know I’m not the only one who is feeling lost.”

In just 24 hours, $17,900 was raised out of a $1,000 goal.

Fort St. John RCMP put out a release on January 27th, stating a 40-year-old man had passed away after succumbing to injuries received in a collision the day prior.

The two-vehicle collision resulted in the closure of the Alaska Highway at the 259 Road around 8:20 a.m., and the two drivers involved were sent to hospital with serious injuries.

When emergency crews arrived, they located two pickup trucks involved in a head-on collision. The westbound vehicle had two occupants, and the eastbound vehicle had only the driver, who has passed away.

Police say the man’s family was by his side at the Fort St. John Hospital at the time of his passing.

The passenger of the westbound vehicle sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital with the two drivers. Police have not released the status of the other driver.

The investigation into the collision is ongoing by the BC Highway Patrol Fort St John. Anyone with additional information related to this matter is asked to contact BC Highway Patrol in FSJ at (250) 787-8140.