Burlington fundraiser collects money for Wheeler family

March 13, 2012 by  

Organizers of a fish fry held at the 778 Sports Bar & Grill in Burlington, North Carolina on Saturday, March 10 raised $2,200 to help the family of Carl Wheeler who sustained serious injuries and became permanently disabled by a drunk driver who hit him last July. The organizers no doubt used printing services to print flyers and posters making the community aware of the event in hopes of attracting many attendees.

At the time of the accident, Wheeler was helping Darren Jones push his minivan that was stalled off an I-85 exit ramp when they were hit by the drunk driver. Jones, 17 years of age, died as a result of the accident. Curtis Lutterloh admitted he was drunk when the accident occurred and was responsible for the injury and death. In February, he pleaded guilty to charges of felony serious injury and felony death by motor vehicle.

Soon thereafter, viewers of the WFMY News raised sufficient funds to cover the rent money that the Wheeler family owed their landlord and others donated a motorized wheelchair along with a wheelchair-lift van.

One organizer of the fund raiser, Rita Johnson, commented that Wheeler was a Good Samaritan helping Jones the way he did. She added that in doing something as right as what Wheeler did that one would expect to get rewarded in some better way rather than in the way that Wheeler did. She thought that no justice was served in Wheeler’s debilitating injuries.

All BB&T branches are accepting additional monetary donations by means of the “2 Those Who Care/Wheeler Family” account.