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May 12, 2022

GoFundMe to help Fauquier County family raises nearly $10K in first day

By Trevor Baratko
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A GoFundMe campaign established to help a Fauquier County family involved in a severe car crash has raised nearly $10,000 in its first 24 hours.

“The Shelton Family” page was launched to benefit Helena Shelton and her three children, according to a Facebook post shared by Fauquier County Public Schools.

The family was involved in a head-on collision in Upperville Saturday that claimed the life of a 29-year-old Winchester woman.

While the Sheltons survived, they all endured severe injuries and have undergone surgeries.

“You can imagine what the father has been going through as he travels day and night from Fairfax to Upperville, trying to take care of every person in his family. They need our support,” the page’s organizer states.

The campaign had raised $9,280 through 124 donations as of Thursday morning. Its goal is listed at $10,000.

The wreck happened just before 8:30 a.m. Saturday on U.S. 50 near Atoka Road when a 2015 Chevrolet Trax traveling east crossed the double, solid yellow centerline and collided head-on with a westbound 2012 Ford Escape.

The Chevrolet's driver, Jensen B. Hoover, 29, of Winchester, was taken to Winchester Medical Center where she later died, said state police Sgt. Brent Coffey.

The Ford's driver, Shelton, and three passengers -- a 5-year-old girl, an 11-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy -- all suffered life-threatening injuries and were taken to INOVA Fairfax Hospital.

Everyone involved in the crash was wearing seat belts, Coffey said.

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