ROCHELLE — A GoFundMe fundraiser has been established for the family of a Creston man killed in a motorcycle accident on Aug. 28.
Andrew J. Smith, 32, leaves behind two daughters, Karlee, 12 and Sadie, 5 and his fiancé Christina.
“Andrew was loved by many and was known as an all-around good guy who loved his family, sports, fitness competitions and his motorcycle,” the GoFundMe said. “Andrew was very close to his family, they told me he was the glue that brought them all together for cookouts and gatherings.”
The GoFundMe was established by Smith’s employer, Pemberton Plumbing Heating & Cooling. The goal of the fundraiser is $20,000, with the hopes of raising money to cover Smith’s funeral expenses and money to help his fiancé finish her courses in the radiology program at Kishwaukee College so she can give her girls the best life possible now that their father is gone, the GoFundMe page said.
“If you can, please donate to give Christina, Karlee and Sadie some help and hope,” the GoFundMe said. “Andrew worked for our family business for the past three years as a plumbing and HVAC technician. All of our customers would comment on how much they liked Andrew and how polite and efficient he was in his work. We will miss him very much, he was a great person and a great worker.”
The GoFundMe can be found at https://bit.ly/3yAqCfe.
Smith was in a one-vehicle accident in the 3,000 block of North Mulford Road. A passerby driving through the area observed a motorcycle on its side in the east ditch and then called 911 to report the accident.
Ogle County Sheriff deputies, Monroe Center Fire Department/Ambulance, Lynn-Scott-Rock Fire Department/Ambulance, Stillman Valley Ambulance and Life Flight helicopter were all dispatched to the scene. After an on-scene investigation it was learned that a gray 2017 Victory motorcycle driven by Smith was southbound on North Mulford Road when the motorcycle drove into the northbound lane and then left the roadway in the east ditch while approaching a curve. Smith was ejected from the motorcycle in the east ditch. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.