Fruitland family receives outpouring of support after tragic Bay Bridge-Tunnel accident
FRUITLAND, Md. – There’s been an outpouring of support overnight for a Wicomico County family after a Fruitland man was involved in a tragic accident on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Tuesday morning.
“With the community’s support, that’s been overwhelming,” says Tom Barron, the brother-in-law of Erik Mezick. “It’s probably one of the toughest things our family has gone through.”
Police say 47-year-old Erik Mezick was driving a box truck on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel around 8 a.m. when, for unknown reasons, it went over and into the water. As of Wednesday, Mezick has still not been found. While search efforts continue for Mezick the community is wasting no time, already raising more than 30 thousand dollars for the family through an online fundraiser.
“Really the goal was just to try to have Megan and the family not have to worry. This will certainly help the,” says Michael Duncan, a longtime friend of the family.
Friends of the family say they never expected all the donations especially from people they’ve never even met but they say this is a testament to Erik’s character as a husband, father and to everyone he came into contact with.
“I mean that just kind of shows what kind of family and Erik is. They are just amazing. He would give you the shirt off of his back,” says Julie Duncan, a longtime friend of the family.
Family and friends say they’re incredibly grateful for the support and are just asking people to keep them in their prayers.
If you would like to donate to the online Give Send Go fundraiser, click here.