Updated: 05/11/2014 11:42 PM
Created: 05/11/2014 11:31 AM WHEC.com
Friends have organized a fundraiser to help out the family of the mother killed in a crash on the Thruway Friday.
State Police say 31-year-old Deborah A. McDonald, of Rochester, and her five-year-old daughter were headed eastbound -- when for an unknown reason -- their car crossed the median, traveled into the westbound lanes and was hit by a tractor trailer. Part of the trailer rolled over onto the car. McDonald was pronounced dead at the scene. Despite a few cuts and bruises, family says Alissa, McDonald’s daughter, is doing surprisingly well.
In Deborah’s memory, Sue and Jim Delmege have created an online fundraiser to help McDonald's daughter Alissa. The money raised will go towards a college fund for her.
“This is a tragedy, and I just want to try and bring some good out of it,” Jim said, “We wanted to give those people who want to help an avenue to do something.”
McDonald’s brothers came up from Pennsylvania to support their niece.
“We’re just really looking forward to connecting with her. Listening to her and all her six-year-old isms that she comes out with, and just seeing her full of life and knowing she’s okay,” said John Lanzone.
The post on the fundraiser reads, "After the horrific events of this day, those who love both Alissa and her mom, Deb, want to see Alissa flourish in her future -- a hopeful future that Deb always envisioned for her daughter. In order to help her towards this goal, the money raised will be set aside to fund her future education."
The fundraiser has raised nearly $3,000. To make a donation, click here.