Memorial Fund, Donation Drops established for Tomasheski family

GRAFTON, OH (WOIO) - A memorial fund has been established at First Place Bank following a horrific car crash involving a well known Lorain County Sheriff Corporal and his family.

Donations can be made to the Tomasheski Memorial Fund at any First Place Bank, the main location is at the Main Street Branch.

Donation drop-off locations have also been established at any Midview Baseball Field concession stand during games throughout the upcoming week.

Several organizations are helping to put all of this together because the Tomasheski Family has touched so many lives.

A vigil was held Sunday evening for family, friends and community members at the Belden Fire Station.

The crash happened Saturday night. Cops say Gerald Wetherbee Jr., 35 of Oberlin went off the road, overcorrected then crashed into Tomasheski's vehicle head-on.

Thomas Tomasheski and his 13-year-old daughter, Danielle, are hospitalized in critical condition. His wife and son both died in the accident.

Wednesday a statement was sent out by the Tomasheski and Roche family:

We would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support, thoughts and prayers for our families. We can't begin to thank all of those who have touched our lives in the last few days but please know that your generosity means the world to us.

On Saturday, we lost Tammy (Roche) Tomasheski and Thomas M. Tomasheski. We are currently trying to plan their funerals while supporting Thomas B. Tomasheski and Danielle Tomasheski by being at their bedsides.

Thomas remains in critical condition at MetroHealth and Danielle is listed in critical condition at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. Both have massive internal injuries and will require numerous surgeries. They have long recoveries ahead of them but doctors are optimistic they will pull through.

Thomas has undergone multiple surgeries for injuries to his abdomen, pelvis and leg. Though his right leg is badly broken, doctors are hopeful it can be saved.

Danielle has also suffered major injuries, but she is awake and responding to family members by nodding her head and squeezing our hands.

Gerald Wetherbee is listed in fair condition. Police say Wetherbee is a registered offender who's been busted for DUI twice.

The Tomasheski family were all wearing their safety belts at the time of the crash.

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