A GoFundMe campaign set up for the funeral of a deliveryman killed during a car crash in New York has raised over $100,000.
The fatal road accident:
Xing Long Lin, 37, a Chinese immigrant deliveryman, was waiting on his e-bike for an order in front of Rosatoro Restaurant on 35th Street and Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, Queens, when a car lost control while trying to drive past two vehicles, according to ABC7 New York
- The 60-year-old Mercedes SUV driver hit Lin as she plowed through the outdoor dining of the restaurant. A woman was also injured from crash debris, New York Daily News reported.
- People surrounding the area ran to help the victims. They found Lin unconscious and unresponsive beneath the wrecked vehicle, witness Ken Nitta recalled of the incident.
- Lin and the SUV driver were transported to the NYC Health & Hospitals/Elmhurst, where Lin was pronounced dead, and the woman was said to be in stable condition.
- Lin, who was married with two children and was from Elmhurst, was a delivery driver for Watawa Sushi, located just 150 feet away from where he was struck and killed. He had only been working at the sushi restaurant for a month and a half, said store manager Zi Zhang.
The aftermath: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted about the death of Lin following the incident saying, “There is ZERO tolerance for reckless driving.”
- Assemblyman Zohran Kwame Mamdani has set up a GoFundMe campaign on behalf of Lin’s family.
- Lin leaves behind his wife, Li Chen, along with a five-year-old daughter and nine-year-old son, according to the page. He immigrated to the U.S. 14 years ago and was the sole income-earner for his family. He worked to provide not only for his family in Elmhurst but for his parents in China as well.
- The campaign was initially set with a goal of $10,000 and was later adjusted to $20,000 before raising over $105,000. The money raised will go to Lin’s funeral expenses and his family’s needs.
- The latest update from Monday reads: “After the amazing influx of support that has led to far surpassing the $20k goal, we’ve spoken with Li Chen and she’s decided to close the GoFundMe. She thanks everyone for the unbelievable support. Thank you all for your solidarity.”