Donations, tributes flood in for pregnant mother killed in crash

An online fundraiser had raised more than $22,000 in just 16 hours.

Tributes and donations have flooded in for the family devastated by the death of a pregnant mom from central Minnesota.

Casey Myers, 30, of Holdingford, was killed along with her unborn child when her Subaru SUV was struck by a semi-trailer that ran a stop sign west of Sartell on Monday.

She is survived by her husband Matthew, a teacher and varsity basketball coach at Holdingford Public Schools, and their young son, Tyson.

A GoFundMe page was created in the wake of the tragic deaths, and in the space of just 16 hours it had raised more than $22,000 (Update: as of Saturday night, the fundraiser had reached $58,000). 

The fundraiser, which was started by Caitlyn MacVey and is being used to cover medical and funeral expenses, will continue taking donations until Thursday in order to be given to Myers' family by the weekend.

"I know there isn’t much that can help heal the pain that Casey’s family is experiencing but I know we can come together to help them in their time of need," she writes.

The funeral for Myers and her unborn son, who has been named Simon, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Opole.

According to her obituary, Myers grew up in Avon, Minnesota, and was a graduate of Albany High School, eventually studying at St. Cloud State University before completing her Masters in Occupational therapy at the University of Minnesota.

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She worked as an occupational therapist for the CentraCare Pediatric and Adult Rehab.

"Casey was described as the light of any room she walked into," the obituary reads. "With a genuine heart and a smile for everyone, she truly was an angel on earth."

Authorities in Stearns County are still investigating the crash, to decide whether to bring any charges against the semi driver, a 46-year-old man from Indiana who told police he didn't see the stop sign at the intersection.

Stearns County Sheriff's Office chief deputy Jon Lentz told the St. Cloud Times that they are looking into how the crash occurred, and if the driver was distracted at all.

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