via US horror crash: How you can help – NewZimbabwe 07/10/2015
FRIENDS and well-wishers have set up A GoFundMe page to make it easy for those who want to assist after Tuesday’s rush hour crash in the United States killed a Zimbabwean man and his niece, leaving four other children injured and hospitalised.
This comes as the family of a man involved in the crash in Indianapolis said a medical issue caused him to drive out of control, striking another vehicle.
Jack Reed, 80, was driving an SUV when he careened into an intersection. His vehicle struck Norris Ncube’s SUV, killing Ncube and his five-year-old niece. Ncube’s 12-year-old son remains in critical condition, along with three other children.
Reed’s family issued this statement: “We are devastated by the news of yesterday’s events and extend our deepest condolences to all of the families involved.
“While the exact cause of the crash is yet to be determined, we have received news that toxicology reports are negative.
“It appears the cause of the accident was related to a medical issue – most likely a stroke. We respectfully ask for privacy during this difficult time.”
Ncube was the principal at Indianapolis Junior Academy. He was driving his son and the other children to school when the crash occurred. His 12-year-old son and three other children are in the hospital.
The Ncube family said it was finding faith and strength in their God and friends.
Pastor Harvey Kornegay has tried to console a grieving wife and mother.
“I am amazed. She is so resilient. She is a strong woman of strong Christian faith,” he said.
Norris Ncube was killed in the collision. Their son Joshua is on a life-sustaining ventilator. A cousin was also killed.
The remaining three children Kornegay says, are improving, although they are seriously injured.
“Honestly the most they need right now is prayer. This is something important to carry they through ’til we get to the point the kids aren’t critical.
“We don’t know when that is going to happen,” said the pastor.
At Riley Hospital, the Ncube family was surrounded by friends from Zimbabwe and other African countries.
“That is what’s so wonderful. The family and the community of Africans have come together and have collapsed around her and held her up,” said Kornegay.
Meanwhile, as of Thursday morning $3,300 had been raised for the Ncube family on the GoFundMe page against a target of $50,000.
“As we come together in love as a community at large, during this sore time of our mourning our beloved Principal Norris Ncube and precious Malia Siziba, our hearts remain hopeful in the full recovery of Joshua Ncube, Jessie Ncube, Deon Siziba, Anita Buhle Nkoma.
“For the ease of those who have kindly requested to assist the families financially, we have setup this gofund account,” reads a statement on the page.
The Indianapolis Junior Academy where Ncube was principal and where all the children attended will reopen Monday. The school will have pastors and counsellors there to help students.
The academy invites the community to attend a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Glendale Seventh-Day Adventist Church.