Friends of the victim of a fatal accident on Highway 97 on Friday morning are asking for the community to help support the family.
Cole Bowe, a 24-year-old Osoyoos resident, passed away after the vehicle he was in hit a patch of ice and collided with an oncoming car at Deadman’s Lake near Road 21.
Bowe was an employee of the Osoyoos Buy-Low store.
“He was amazing; he was so funny and so cheerful,” coworker Sue Turnbull Spencer said.
“It didn’t matter what he was going through, he came in with a big smile every day, joking around. Nothing brought him down.”
Bowe’s wife and 10-month old son were also in the vehicle and hospitalized. The child sustained only a few minor injuries, Turnbull Spencer said.
She’s created a Go Fund Me account and is collecting donations to support Bowe’s family when his wife, currently in stable condition, is released from the hospital.
“I was worried about where they were going to go after this because Cole was the main provider of the family,” Turnbull Spencer said.
“At least if she doesn’t have to worry about the financial part right now, then that’s one less worry for her.”
So far, just over $3,000 has been raised. The goal is to raise $10,000.
“I’m so impressed,” Turnbull Spencer said. “I don’t even know half the people that are donating right now.”
Buy-Low doesn’t seem the same without Cole, and his coworkers are devastated, Turnbull Spencer said.
“We mourn him everyday; everyone just loved him so much. It’s hard to talk about him at work without everyone starting to cry.”
The Go Fund Me account can be found at gofundme.com/Christine-and-logan-bowe.