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July 26, 2022

GoFundMe campaigns set up to aid victims of the hit-and-run in Eugenia on July 19, 2022

Eugenia hit-and-run accident victims' Go Fund Me pages

BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — Go Fund Me fundraisers have been set up for the victims of the hit-and-run accident that ocurred in Eugenia on July 19 at approximately 10 pm.

According to the Go Fund Me pages, Pauline Craig, Mike Reid, Kevin Walsh and List Pottier were out for a walk in Eugenia when a car hit them from behind. The driver fled the scene.

Walsh was killed and his wife Lisa was injured along with their friends Pauline and Mike.

Pauline Craig is the owner of Lacewing Plants and Seedlings, a local native plant nursery specializing in Ontario native plants. She was in critical condition and taken to a London hospital with a shattered pelvis and other related injuries. Recovery will be a long process for her. As a result, she will be unable to work on her garden design and native species business, nor her side business consulting on public parks, cycling infrastructure and pedestrian safety.

Friends are scrambling to pick up the pieces. To help support Pauline through the care needed at this time a GoFundMe campaign has been set up.

Mike Reid is the owner of Kolapore Gardens which had it's beginnings on rented land in the Town of Blue Mountains but moved operations to owned land in Eugenia in 2019. Like Pauline, he is committed to green farming practices. He was the co-founder of the Thornbury Farmers' Market and was also a vendor until 2019. He suffered a serious concussion and may take months to recover from his injury. His ability to work in his greenhouses and function in daily life has been seriously impacted. His friends are also looking for help to get him back on his feet.

Lisa Pottier is the Secretary/Director of Hundred Acre Wood Forest Pre School, a nature-based childcare centre in Heathcote. She previously lived in Duncan with her two kids and her partner Kevin Walsh whose life was tragically taken in the accident. She will now have to raise her children alone and their children will continue their lives without the benefit of their loving father. Lisa faces the immediate and unexpected costs related to the loss of Kevin. The couple's friends are hoping to provide some security for the family and contribute to their kids' future education. In Kevin, the greater community also lost a dedicated naturalist and trails volunteer.

GoFundme for Pauline Craig

GoFundme for Mike Reid

GoFundme for Kevin Walsh Memorial Fund


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