A fundraiser for a transport truck driver who died in a fatal collision near Nanaimo has been created by his niece.
Melanie Mercer, the niece of 54-year-old Cliff Bishop who set up the GoFundMe, said the money will go to Bishop’s wife Selina, as the couple had put their joint income toward a home renovation, new furniture, a new car and a transport truck.
“My uncle was a kind loving person who would do anything to help others so now it’s our turn to help his family who have been left behind,” Mercer wrote.
He died early Monday morning after a driver in a pickup truck going south in the northbound lane of the Trans-Canada Highway collided with Bishop’s SUV.
Police said the pickup driver, who was later confirmed to be 31-year-old Kurtis Timothy, allegedly failed to stop for a Nanaimo RCMP officer who had seen him leave a residence in the Harewood area. Timothy was also pronounced dead at the scene. The Independent Investigations Office of BC is looking into the actions of the officer in relation to the collision.
Bishop, who was originally from Newfoundland, lived in Cassidy with his wife. The two were both long-haul truck drivers and Bishop received a certificate last year for being a safe and responsible trucker.