Ethio-Canadian in critical condition after car accident
Amaresh Tesfamariam, an Ethiopian born Canadian citizen, is emerging as one of a dozen victims of Canada’s deadliest vehicle ramming attack at the intersection of the busy Yonge and Finch intersection.
She is said to be fighting for her life at Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto, as the North American nation mourns the loss of 10 lives and 13 people with various injuries. Her spine injury is considered life threatening and her US-based family is appealing to the public for financial assistance.
“On Monday, April 23, 2018, a man drove a van crashing into the fragile lives of Toronto residents, one of which was my auntie, Amaresh Tesfamariam. She is my mother’s sister and a second mother to me and all of her nieces and nephews”, said her nephew, Menab Tesfu in a GoFundMe page he created to raise funds for Amaresh. “Amaresh is a warm, caring, and hilarious and phenomenal nurse whose presence is a light in the lives of those around her. This fund is being setup for her because of her life has taken an extreme change for the worse”.
The fundraiser has so far raised just under USD 15,000 of its USD 20,000 target, which has since been raised to USD 50,000. “She is an elderly woman who lives on her own with no kids or husband and we want her to know that just because she lives alone doesn’t mean she’s going to go through this alone. Any and all help would be much appreciated”, her nephew wrote on the fundraiser page.
“This is so senseless! We are sorry this happened here (in Toronto). But we care about everyone who lives here, from any place in the world and we fell you (sic) loss. So sorry!” a donor said in a statement written in the fundraiser page.
She remains in critical condition and her sister has flown to be by her side. Charged with 13 attempted murder and 10 first degree murder is Alek Minassian, a 25-year old college student who was on the verge of graduating this June.