Friends have identified the victim in a Campbell River hit-and-run as 59-year-old Woss resident Kelly Kafka, who they say is in a medically induced coma.
Neighbour Don Baker launched a GoFundMe for her Sunday, and says she is in the coma due to a brain injury and many broken bones.
He has already raised around $1,600 just from those in town and from social media. All funds will go towards her recovery.
“She was a real giving person, she was the first person to help anybody,” said Baker.
“She had taken an older person down to Campbell River to do groceries, and her car broke down and she was hit.”
Baker’s wife Patricia Chartier says Kafka’s husband passed away a few years ago.
“Their biggest concern is the head injury… she is in very critical condition,” said Chartier.
“Could be a long time before she is stable… there are so many other injuries… [the funds are for] everything from needing a wheelchair to house adaptions… It’s for her.”
A 50/50 draw at Woss General Store is also underway.
Chartier and Baker say she is a major part of the community, and many are hoping for her recovery.
Campbell River RCMP say they responded to the 1800-block of Highway 19A at 9:14 p.m. on Thursday, after they received a complaint of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.
Officials arrived to a woman in serious condition— she was airlifted to hospital.
A white Chevrolet Cruze was seen leaving the scene and the driver had allegedly failed to stop for the pedestrian.
Police say the car was identified, located and seized. The driver has been identified and has spoken to investigators.
Anyone with information on the incident or may dashcam footage is asked to call Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221 or Crimestoppers.
The GoFundMe can be found here.
“She is really outgoing… very fun and always smiling and laughing,” said friend Caitlin Robertson.
“I don’t think there was a person in town who didn’t like her… if you were sad or anything she was there to talk you back up.”