Date
28 June 2017
Wong's post (inset) on a crowdfunding platform, following a tragic road accident that killed his mom and aunt, has met with good response, with donations pouring in from many people, Photo: GoFundMe.com
Wong's post (inset) on a crowdfunding platform, following a tragic road accident that killed his mom and aunt, has met with good response, with donations pouring in from many people, Photo: GoFundMe.com

HK student in US launches crowdfunding after tragic car accident

A Hong Kong student in the United States is seeking to raise money through crowdfunding following a tragic car accident in California that killed his mother and aunt.

Wong Ho-Yuen, 25, posted a message on GoFundMe.com, a crowdfunding platform that allows people to raise money for personal needs, saying he hopes to secure US$60,000.

Of that amount, half will be used to send the bodies of his mother and aunt, who came to see him and his brother in the US but were killed in an accident, back to Hong Kong, the young man wrote.

The other half will be used to help Wong complete his unfinished studies in the US, according to the message.

The plea for financial help came after an automobile accident this week claimed the lives of Wong’s mother and aunt who had been on a trip to the US, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.  

On Monday afternoon California time, Wong and three family members were driving through the Los Angeles County when their Ford Fiesta met with an accident. 

When they were passing through Littlerock town, the Fiesta, which was being driven by Wong’s twin brother, Wong Ho-Chuen, suddenly crashed into a pickup truck.

At the time of the accident, Wong Ho-Yuen was sitting in the front seat beside his brother, while his mom and aunt were seated in the back of the car.

The passengers in the front escaped with not-too-serious injuries but the ladies in the back were not so lucky. The two women bore the brunt of the crash and died later in hospital.

Wong was left devastated and grieving following the tragic events. Meanwhile, he faced the immediate task of moving the bodies of his mother and aunt back to Hong Kong for funeral services.

As the transportation would cost tens of thousands of dollars, putting it beyond his reach, Wong decided to launch an online crowdfunding drive. 

The initiative appears to be succeeding, with donations pouring in from many people.

As of Thursday morning, Wong has raised more than US$42,000, fueling expectations that he is course to raising his total targeted amount.

According to reports, Wong’s mother and aunt had traveled to the US to attend the graduation ceremony of Wong’s twin brother at the University of California, Davis.

Due to the accident, they never made it there.

Preliminary investigation by local police revealed that the Fiesta had broken the speed limit and failed to halt at a Stop sign before the deadly accident, Ming Pao Daily reports.

Authorities don’t believe alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.

Following the tragic incident, Hong Kong’s Immigration Department is said to have got in touch with the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles to explore possible assistance to Wong.

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