Car Crash Survivors Under Scrutiny For Receiving Donations

Car Crash Survivors Under Scrutiny For Receiving Donations

Angela Markus

GoFundMe has been under a lot of scrutiny lately. While some love the idea of crowdsourcing, others find the idea a bit tacky. Though there are many great crowdsourcing causes, i.e. children with cancer, veterans, etc., there are just as many people taking to the sites in hopes of getting strangers to pay for things like nose jobs, new cars, and even around the world vacations.

But not everything is as black and white — and not everything falls into the category of “acceptable” and “unacceptable.” As it turns out, there is a gray area when it comes to crowdsourcing.

Case in point is the GoFundMe page that was set up for Felicity Jessop and her little baby, Tim. Both are recent survivors of a car crash that claimed the life of Felicity’s partner and Tim’s father, Tim Smith-Brown.

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At first glance, the cause seems noble. Of course we should rally to help this poor girl and her newborn baby — but then, as it always does, the whole truth comes out.

Tim Smith-Brown was actually at fault for the accident. An accident that claimed the life of multiple other innocent drivers who were tragically involved in the crash. And not only that, but the accident was caused because Tim ran a light while running from police.

Yes…we’ll let that sink in for a minute.

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On the one hand, you have an innocent child. On the other, you have a woman whose partner was running from the law and who knowingly got behind the wheel with him while he was running from the police.

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Unsurprisingly, people have taken to the comments section of the GoFundMe (which is nowhere near reaching its goal) to take both sides of the story. Some claim that the baby could not possibly be at fault and therefore needs our support, others claim the money should be spent on the other victims of the crash.

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What do you think? Is there a right or wrong answer?

This is definitely one case that is hard to wrap your head around. Our hearts go out to the victims and their loved ones. 

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